The Kogi-Dangote face-off will soon take a legal dimension over the ownership of the Obajana Cement Plant as the Kogi State Government has resolved to drag Dangote Cement Plc to court and reclaim what rightfully belongs to the people.
The decision to go to court was said o have been taken at an emergency meeting yesterday, October 13 night between key government officials, led by Governor Yahaya Bello and stakeholders representing the different ethnic groups in the state.
A statement today, October 14, by the State Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, said that, at the meeting, which ran into the early hours of Friday, all stakeholders resolved to head to court in the interest of the people and generations to come.
He said the Governor made it clear to the House that there was no going back on the state’s resolve to reclaim its asset, even while he sued for calm in the interest of peace.
“This struggle is not about Governor Yahaya Bello or his administration. It is about the people of Kogi State. In the last 72 hours, well-meaning Nigerians, leaders and government officials have waded in and have pleaded with the Governor to consider reopening of the plant while discussions are ongoing.
“The expectations of the over four million Kogites are clear and high and we want to assure them that the Governor and the Government of Kogi State will not compromise the interest of the people of the state to reclaim their rights in the cement company.
“There were series of high-powered meetings to resolve the impasse, including meetings having the Governor and Alhaji Aliko Dangote in attendance. Discussions were held and statements of interest were established.”