Tanzania fines Dangote
TANZANIAN National Environmental Management Council (Nemc) has slapped Dangote Cement factory with a Sh15 million (US$6 843) fine for failure to observe environment rules and regulations.
Nigerian billionaire Mr Alhaji Aliko Dangote is chairman and president of the cement factory’s parent company, the Dangote Group. The group had expressed interest in investing in development of the Mbinga Coal Mine in west Tanzania to power the Mtwara cement plant.
The fine was imposed after an inspection by the deputy minister of State in the Vice President’s Office, Mr Luhaga Mpina, revealing hard waste within the factory compound as well as failure to construct a latrine at the site where drivers park their vehicles as they await loading them.
Nemc coordinator in the Southern Zone, Mr Lewis Nzila, said the factory was found operating against the environmental law and that it was supposed to pay the fine within seven days and build a toilet within two weeks. “We found the factory littered by solid waste. They should have dust bins. They are also supposed to construct a parking area as the current one is too dusty,” he said.
For his part, Mr Mpina said temporary toilets should be built within two weeks. — wires.