By Kola Adeyemi
The Dangote Group on Wednesday made a passionate appeal to members of the public to assist in monitoring both the recklessness and the illegal haulage of contrabands goods by some of its truck drivers.
The company made the appeal in a statement issued in Lagos by its Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communication and Branding, Mr Tony Chiejina.
It said the appeal to members of the public had become necessary following the company’s renewed efforts at riding Dangote Group of unscrupulous drivers who engage in illegal haulage activities and others who have constituted themselves into menace to other road users,
According to the statement, the company has also set up hotlines for the public to call in and report such truck drivers, with a promise to appropriately compensate those who make calls that lead to arrest of errant drivers.
It noted that the trucks belonging to Dangote Cement are only allowed to carry Cement, High Grade Gypsum and Coal, while those trucks belonging to Dangote Sugar are allowed to carry sugar products and those belonging to Dangote Salt (NASCON) are authorised to carry only Salt, Combo packs and Dan Q seasoning.
The company also revealed that trucks belonging to Dangote Packaging (formerly Agrosacks), the bags producing arm of Dangote group, can only carry bags, belonging to the other Dangote Business Units.
“The Management of Dangote Industries Limited hereby alert the public to report any suspected Dangote Truck driver involved in illegal haulage.
“Please call Dangote Industries Management hotline on all information regarding illegal haulage activities on 08070188000, 01- 2123567, 08170023846 08152093133 and or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” the statement said.
Dangote Management also issued a stern warning to individuals to desist from illegally transporting unauthorised goods through its trucks.
“Dangote Industries Limited also wishes to warn those that illegally transport materials on Dangote truck that such unauthorised goods, when found, shall be confiscated and such owners prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” the company said.
Recall that the company recently intercepted one of the its branded trucks loaded with contraband items in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, arrested the drivers and handed them over to the Nigeria Customs Service for further investigations and prosecutions.
The arrest was effected by a crack team of the Company’s security personnel led by its Chief Security Officer who acted on intelligence, bordering on misconduct by some of its drivers.
The company, it would be recalled, had once announced a mouth-watering monetary reward for any member of the public who offered information that would lead to the arrest of such persons by the law enforcement agents.