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Dangote, host communities begin resolution of land dispute over tomato factory

Ahead of moves to locate a new tomato factory in Kaduna State, Dangote Group and all the six communities hosting its operational areas in Kubau local government area of Kaduna State are now on a roundtable to harness how best to move forward.

At a stakeholders meeting between leaders of the communities, the local government caretaker chairman, Kaduna State government officials and the Dangote Group, including the host communities were able to resolve the dispute as members of the communities who were opposed to the project agreed to make themselves available for a final discussions on the projectAlready, the site for the project which cuts across six communities of Karreh, Gajagaja, Tudun Gaya. Kwadaro, kacita and Ganiwa all in Kubau Local Government has been marked for clearing ahead of the project.

Members of the community had initially opposed the idea of siting the plant in their communities, saying it will deprive them of their farmlands which were inherited from their forefathers.

According to the Managing Director of Dangote Tomatoes, Abdulkareem Kaita, who led officials of the company to the meeting, “The good people of Kubau communities stand to benefit a lot from the project when it commences”.

He noted that having established that members of the community are good in tomato farming, his company decided to site the factory there in order to enhance productivity and boost harvest.

Part of the benefits of the project to the host communities include supports that will be provided to the communities to boost their agricultural yields and productivity as the scheme gets on stream.