Management of the Dangote Group has denied ownership of or affiliation with International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI), alleged to have benefited from the embattled Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala-Usman.
The Group Chief, Branding & Communications, Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina in a statement cited a recent report alleging the ownership of ICTSI by the group.
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“The Dangote Group of Companies refutes in entirety the claims made in the story and condemn the deliberate attempt by Sahara Reporters to implicate our organisation in a matter we know nothing about.”
Chijiena said the group or any of its business units has no dealings on the coastline terminal in Onne Ports Complex, River State nor are they in any way in any agreement or partnership with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) or ICTSI for control of the operation of any of its berths in the complex.
“Our stand on this matter is justified by a letter dated Sunday, May 9, 2021, sent from Manila, Philippines, by ICTSI, Senior Vice-President, Philippines, Hans-Ole Madsen, to the Editor, Sahara Reporters, which states: ‘We would like to clarify that International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is a Philippine publicly listed independent company engaged in the operation of 33 ports on 6 continents. ICTSI is not owned or in any way affiliated with the Dangote Group of companies.”