Reps Joint C’tee Threatens To Arrest Mgt Staff Of Dangote Cement

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By Paul Effiong, Abuja

The House of Representatives Joint Committee on the arbitrary increase in the price of cement has threatened to arrest the management staff of Dangote Cement should they fails again to appear before it during next hearing.

This directive followed the absence of officials of the company during hearing to address the abitrary increase in cement price across the country.

The pannel Chaired by Hon Jonathan Gaza in a resumed hearing held at the National Assembly yesterday advocated for the downward review of cement prices across the country.

Speaking during the hearing, the Chairman expressed worry over the increase in cement prices and the untold hardships it has brought upon many Nigerians.

It therefore directed the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Central Bank of Nigeria to cause appearances before his committee in the next two weeks.

“They want to over profit without any sense of empathy for the citizens that have given it this platform. I think it calls for a rethink of the position of the government.

“On Dangote my ruling is simple. The laws have given us the necessary powers but we owe you a duty of care. We are going to give you one more chance. We are going to communicate a date.

“Failure to comply with that date, a subpoena will be issued, a warrant of arrest will be given for you to cause appearance before the National Assembly, no single individual is bigger than the parliament of his country.
“No single Nigerian is bigger than the National Assembly,”

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