How Kano Gov Ganduje brings Dangote, Isyaka-Rabi’u together to end sugar war
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has stepped in to resolve the constant altercation between Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka-Rabi’u, two businessmen from the state.
Dangote majorly owns Dangote Group, which includes cement, Sugar Refinery and Cement firms while Isyaka-Rabi’u also invested heavily in cement, Sugar refinery and like his kinsman is involved in the construction of Petroleum refinery.
Both Dangote Cement and BUA Cement are major players in the cement industry and also Dangote Sugar Refinery and BUA Sugar Refinery are competition in the sugar sector.
In recent times, there has been an unresolved and lingering conflict between the two Kano State prominent indigenes over Sugar Refinery by BUA at the Port Harcourt free trade zone.
A statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Thursday in Kano, said the reconciliation meeting took place on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that Aminu Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams joined the governor in the reconciliation meeting.
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Recently, there were reports that Dangote petitioned the federal ministry of trade and investment over the operations of BUA Sugar Refinery in the Port Harcourt free trade zone.
Anwar said after the meeting, the Chairmen of both Dangote and BUA agreed to work together to supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.
According to him, the meeting put a stop to all rumours that the duo was in dispute over sugar business control in the country.
“They all dismissed allegations that Dangote was planning to see the increase of sugar price, thereby pressurising BUA to succumb to the increment. They described the allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth.
“The meeting was seen as the zenith of other similar efforts to reconcile the two giants by the governor. Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata played the role of a father during the meeting,” Anwar said.
Present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo and representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Dan-Agundi.
Others are Chairman of the Council of Kano Imams, Sheikh Muhammad Nasir-Adam, the Chief Imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the Chairman of NEPZA, Adamu Panda.
All the two business moguls agreed to work together in unity for the growth and development of the nation.