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Cameroon settles Dangote plant dispute
Jun, 19 2012
(Cameroon) -- Construction works of cement giant Dangote’s $115 million new plant in Douala, Cameroon, has resumed after a land dispute was resolved.
The construction work on the 1.5 million tonnes-a-year plant was halted earlier this year after the ethnic Sawa people filed an injunction against the project, complaining it violated their sacred site on the banks of the Wouri River.
Work on the plant began last September and was due to last 18 months.
"Following instructions from the Presidency of the Republic, work has resumed at the Dangote cement factory," Joseph Beti Assomo, the governor of the Littoral Region under which Douala falls, said on a local media.
"Let me seize this opportunity to inform you that the mix-ups surrounding the site of the Dangote project have been entirely dissipated to enable work resumption which must not be interrupted again."
Sawa representatives were not immediately available for comment. However, several Douala residents confirmed that construction work was going ahead.
By: Rashmi Kalia (ARI-C NEWS)
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