By Usman Gwadabe
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, with the support of renowned business mogul, Alhaji Aminu Alhassan Dantata, Kano Emirate and the Kano State Council of Imams, has ‘reconciled’ two business moguls, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u.
This was the outcome of a meeting convened by Governor Ganduje at the Kano Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja last Wednesday, which put a stop to rumours that the duo were in dispute over sugar control in the country.
A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to Kano State Governor, Abba Anwar on Thursday said, Dangote and Abdussamad are both illustrious sons of Kano State, so, Governor Ganduje had to intervene to save the situation.
The media was last week awash with an alleged clash between two of Nigeria’s richest men, Aliko Dangote and Abdussamad Rabiu, over who controls the sugar market in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy.
While Aliko Dangote accuses his competitor of attempting to appropriate undue advantage, Abdussamad Rabiu says Dangote, Africa’s richest man, wants to monopolise the market and manipulate prices, but Dangote had last Friday denied the price-fixing allegation in a statement.
According to Anwar, both Chairman of Dangote Group of Companies and that of BUA Group of Companies, agreed to work together and supply enough sugar to satisfy the country’s demand.
‘’They all dismissed the allegation that Dangote was planning to see to the increase of sugar price, through pressuring BUA to succumb to the increment.
They described that allegation as baseless and lacking any iota of truth,’’ said the statement.
The statement said present at the meeting were the Minister for Commerce, Trade and Investment, Mr Niyi Adebayo; representative of the Kano Emirate, Alhaji Aminu Babba Dan Agundi; 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, Hon. Abdu Adamu Panda.
The two business Magnates agreed to work together as brothers for the growth and development of the nation, assuring that, henceforth, there would be no differences that could cause any disharmony between them.