In recognition of his efforts at job creation in Nigeria, Organized Labour under the platform of the Senior Staff Union, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) honoured the President and Chief Executive of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote and his Savannah Sugar Company with awards in Abuja at the weekend. Mr. Dangote is the second largest employer of labour outside government in Nigeria. Last month the Group announced that it was creating 210,000 jobs between now and 2018 in the agricultural sector with its diversification into rice cultivation and tomatoes paste production While honouring him with an ‘Excellence Award in Major Employment’, the TUC described Mr. Dangote as, “a living example of generosity, grace and fortitude.”
The Savannah Sugar Company, a company under the Dangote Group also bagged the Most Labour Friendly Employer award. President-General of TUC Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama said Mr. Dangote “is obviously a man with many feathers attached to his many caps of achievements.Having recorded immense success in business, he has always endeavoured to give back to society. He is a well known philanthropist who donates generously towards many causes.” Said he; “Beyond the shores of Nigeria, Aliko Dangote has also recorded milestones in philanthropy which are too numerous to mention.”
Speaking about the Savannah Sugar, the TUC in its citation said, “CSR of the company includes building primary and secondary schools for the children of staff and the host communities as well as the provision of free transportation for the children,” According to him, if Nigeria had two Dangote’s in the country, the nation's economy would have fared better as the foremost entrepreneur has continued to use his God given resources to create jobs and put food on the table of many Nigerians.
Founder of the Dantata Group, Late Alhaji Abdulkadir Dantata also bagged an ‘Excellent Exemplary Service in the Promotion of Human Development and Entrepreneurship’ award. Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, said the award was meant to further encourage both regulators and operators of the Nigerian economy. He disclosed that the Congress planned a $1billion Economic Development Fund for its Economic Agenda, describing the strategy as ‘TUC Economy’.