By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Dangote Coal Mines Limited has walked off with coveted accolades for its philanthropic strides as Nigeria’s Federal Lawmakers and host communities endorsed its social investment performance in Kogi State.
Speaking during a fact-finding visit to the Dangote Coal Mines Limited at Ankpa on Thursday in Kogi State, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission, Hon Akinfolarin Mayowa Samuel, said his committee was satisfied with the performance and the relationship between the Dangote Coal Mines and its host communities.
House of Representatives committees on the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Committee on Solid Minerals Development- had visited the Dangote Coal Mines Limited in Ankpa on a fact-finding mission to verify the outcome of the Interactive Session held earlier at the National Assembly in October.
The committee on Road Safety had at the Interactive Session given the company a clean bill of health, saying its various innovations and collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Corps had helped to bring down the rate of auto crashes in the country.
During Thursday’s visit, Hon Samuel said: “We are satisfied with the performance of the Dangote Coal Mines Limited in terms of its relationship with communities, and its efforts in ensuring road safety.”
He said it has become important for the committees to visit the host communities to get first-hand information on the operations of the company sequel to the motion moved by Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims, who represents the Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro constituency in the House of Representatives.
Representative of the Dangote Transport Mr. Charles Theophilus- had told the lawmakers during the interactive session in Abuja that the FRSC officials were involved in the training of the Dangote Drivers.
Deputy Chairman, Solid Minerals Development, Hon Prince Nnamobi, also represented the chairman of his committee during the visit.
Onu Ojoku, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammad Ogbe, said the Dangote Coal Mines has “performed beyond expectations in line with the mutually consented Community Development Agreement.”
He thanked the company for providing jobs, education, scholarship, and other infrastructural facilities for his people.
Speaking in the same vein, a lawmaker, Hon Amobi Yinusa Akintola, said it was also important for the fact-finding committee to include other mining companies in its investigation.
Speaking for the Dangote Coal Mines Limited Alhaji Taslim Jimoh said the company’s Group President Alhaji Aliko Dangote is Africa’s top philanthropist and is very committed to the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Schemes.
General Manager, Special Duties and Head of Community Relations Mr. Nuhu Elujah said the company was using the CDA as a compass for the implementation of its numerous projects.