Become Dangote if you want to be free from lockdown, Dapo replies critics~<NEWSEXTRA - News Extra Online



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Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Become Dangote if you want to be free from lockdown, Dapo replies critics~<NEWSEXTRA

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has fired at critics who were condemning him for allowing Dangote trucks to operate despite the lockdown in the state.

The governor told the critics to struggle and become someone like the chairman of Dangote group, Aliko Dangote if they also wish to be exempted from the lockdown going on in the state.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that mixed reactions have trailed the exemption of Dangote trucks from the lockdown currently going on in the state.

PLATFORM TIMES further reports that the exemption letter issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi was circulated online.

Governor Abiodun while speaking at a press briefing held in Ikenne said Dangote has played a major role during this pandemic disease that cannot be overemphasised.

He however explained that Dangote and some other companies were exempted because they offer critical services.

He noted that the state has exempted all food manufacturing companies and others producing critical services to the people.

He said, “I really wondered what the people are crying about. Dangote is not the only one that we gave approval to conduct their businesses, because we have identified them as a critical stakeholders in the state. We’ve done the same for Lafarge and a few others as well.

“First of all, Dangote is the person leading the private sector and CBN initiative to support the entire country during this excersise and that group today has raised about 20 billion naira. So, when people start saying things like this, I don’t know how many Dangotes are there in this country or in this continent. As far as I know Dangote is the African richest man today.

“So, if I give Dangote an exception and you think he did not deserve of it, you can choose to become a Dangote and I will give you that exception as well.

“Dangote in Ogun state has up to five thousand employees. That is a fact, let’s call a spade a spade and let’s stop making jest or politics of institution unnecessarily.

“We have given him an exception because he is offering critical services. Some of the things we are doing are non-stop because this pandemic will come and go. We are building roads, houses and we are trying to ensure that some of those critical things are ongoing because we cannot wake up one day and corona is gone and we are no where.

“So, Dangote is providing us salt, seasoning, sugar, oil and so many other commodities.

“What I have done is not only in Ogun state, Lagos state has given exemption to so many people. We have done the same things for our tailors, poultry farmers and those that are contributing to this particular lockdown.

“I don’t know why everybody is bring an issue out of it and I hope this my explanation will put this to rest.”

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