Dangote receives Cameroon’s highest civilian honor.
Aliko Dangote, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, has been awarded the highest civilian honor in Cameroon – the Commander of the National Order of Valour – by President of the Republic Mr. Paul Biya.
According to President Biya, the historic honor was bestowed on Dangote in recognition of his contributions to Cameroon’s and Africa’s infrastructure development through his cement plants. The President expressed pride in Dangote’s various efforts to promote industrialization across Africa through the construction of cement plants in several countries during a conferment ceremony held at the Unity Palace in Yaoundé.
He stated that these plants have created thousands of direct and indirect jobs in their various locations, helping to boost the economies of their host countries, such as Cameroon.
He urged the leading African investor to consider more investments in Cameroon’s manufacturing sector, explaining that the country offers numerous business opportunities. He insisted that his administration is committed to promoting a business-friendly environment in order to make the country more appealing as an investment destination.
Dangote responded by thanking President Biya and the people of Cameroon for the great honor bestowed upon him by the awarding of the nation’s highest civilian honor. He revealed that the group intends to diversify its investments in Cameroon, beginning with energy.
Dangote said, “We have plans to expand our investment to other sectors beginning with oil and gas while our capacity in cement will be expanded”.
He praised the Cameroonian government for creating an enabling environment that aided in the successful completion of the Dangote Cement plant, and he also expressed gratitude to the President and his cabinet for their assistance in resolving the challenges encountered during the plant’s construction.