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Enterprise Watch: Staff of The Dangote Group Cry Out To President Buhari About Poor Remuneration

Dear CEO,

I think the most important machinery of any enterprise are the 'people'/skilled labour. In Nigeria, we must fight the urge to appreciate our non-Nigerian staff more than our country men. For whatever it's worth, we must empower Nigerians to have dignity in labour as well as have a HR structure that is rewarding so we can retain our best staff. Well, this was the news published by Vanguard about the Dangote Group, and her CEO, Aliko Dangote who is not just one of us but the richest black man.

According to transport staff of the Dangote Cement Company, Obajana, they are responsible for making Aliko Dangote the richest African in the world.
The workers are at loggerheads with the management of the company over poor remuneration, threatening not to resume work until their demands are met.
On Friday they barricaded the entrance gate of the company and didn't allow management staff to drive in to the premises.
A worker who simply identified himself as Chizoba said they are the ones doing the work which has rated Dangote as one of the richest in the world.
"We implore the President of Nigeria to advise Alh. Dangote to place the workers' welfare on the front burners to ensure industrial harmony at the company. We cannot be working for one of the world's richest men who will in turn, be paying us peanuts as salaries", he said.

The workers said it was unacceptable for management to be paying them N20,000 naira per month when some of the management staff earn as high as a million naira per month.

They said they cannot be slaves in their own land, saying the company had been promising them promotion for over 5 years.
Another staff Usman Garuba said they have been working for years in the company and the management kept promising them better welfare packages but have failed.

"The last meeting that we held with the management they promised to implement the salary increase within one week but they have failed.

"We added two days and now another one week has elapsed. We demand that a top management officer from the head office come to address us if not we are going to continue the current strike".

The workers said they are ready to go to any length to achieve their objective.
"Some of us are taking N25000, some N30000 and some N40000.
They are paying the expatriates N2M monthly. If they don't need us let them sack us", Garuba said.

Dangote management staff declined to comment.