Ganduje, others meet Dangote, BUA over sugar plant

Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has waded into the dispute between Dangote and BUA companies owned by two business moguls from the state.

The governor called a meeting to resolve the lingering conflict between the two prominent indigenes Aliko Dangote and Abdul Samad Rabi’u, chairman of BUA Group, over the establishment of a sugar plant by BUA.

A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor on Thursday Abba Anwar 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.

Dangote recently filed complaints about the establishment of a sugar plant by BUA in the Port Harcourt free trade zone, saying it was out of tune with export laws.

Mr Anwar said that after the meeting, both businessmen agreed to work together to supply enough sugar that would satisfy the demands of the country.

According to him, the meeting put a stop to rumour 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.

Minister for commerce, trade and investment Niyi Adebayo and representative of the Kano Emirate Aminu Dan-Agundi were also at the meeting.

Others were chairman of the council of Kano imams Sheikh Muhammad Nasir-Adam, chief imam of Sheikh Ahmadu Tijjani Friday Mosque, Kofar Mata, Kano and the chairman of NEPZA, Adamu Panda.