Dangote Climbs Up Forbes List

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Dangote Climbs Up Forbes List

Published on Wed, Nov 21 2012 by Akin.Adekeye
 
Great for Dangote, and Nigerians should be proud of him.  Given his influence in Nigeria, he can do more, especially in pushing the government to build better infrastructure.  It is a shame that a country the size of Nigeria lacks a rail network, for instance, so Dangote has to truck his goods on Nigeria's terrible roads.  And, sadly, Nigeria's most dire needs may still be water and electricity -- quite unfortunate in 2012.  With clean water, we solve a lot of our health problems.  And, with electricity, we cut down on pollution from generators; businesses run more smoothly, and the security situation also improves significantly.  People like Dangote can push elected officials to do the right thing.  Nigeria needs leaders with vision and know-how. 

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Pikin-In-Chief
Thu, Nov 29 2012
09:18 AM
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Better yet, build what you need...
 
Yes, the 1% can leverage their position and influence to effect better policy changes, but Abiola would tell you, politics can be a very life-shortening tool. 
 
I hope Dangote takes the courage to keep building out what his enterprises needs. We the common folks will benefit from a non-governmental institution taking initiatives. It's not unprecedented of course; most of the institutional infrastructures we take for granted here in the developed economies are conceived, built and paid for by non-governmental groups. Let's encourage more of such with our 1%ers!
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