The Dangote Group, Nigeria’s biggest company and one of Africa’s biggest conglomerates, is focused on contributing to the economic growth of Ghana through job creation and the payment of taxes, says Tor Nygard, the Managing Director of Dangote Ghana.

The group would therefore not be drawn into any smear economic campaign, he told a media conference in this port city near the Ghanaian capital, Accra, Friday to outline the group’s contributions to Ghana’s economy and to refute allegations their competitors had levelled against them.

“Within only six years of operating here in Ghana, we have, as of today, a workforce of more than 2,000 on our payroll. The figure does not include the 2,400 drivers’ mates who assist our drivers on the road and the over 20,000 people who are indirectly benefitting from our operations in Ghana,” added Nygard.

He said apart from being the largest employer in the cement industry, the introduction of Dangote cement into the Ghanaian market six years ago had stabilised the price of the commodity on account of the competitive prices they provided to the Ghanaian consumer and contributed to the economy of Ghana by employing a large number of Ghanaians.

Nygard urged the media to remain resolute and fair in the handling of advertisements of various cement companies, as they had gathered some information that their competitors were trying to influence the refusal of Dangote advertisements in some media outlets.

Dangote Cement Ghana Limited started operations in Ghana on Feb 10, 2010, as a cement bagging plant ironing bulk cement from outside the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region.

Apart from the 55 million US dollar bagging plant, Dangote has also purchased 1,000 new trucks at a cost of 82 million USD to help in the free delivery of their products to customers throughout the country.