Aliko Dangote receives Senegal's highest civilian award… Tinubu, others congratulate him

Tinubu (r) and Dangote

President and Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has been awarded the National Order of the Lion by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal. 

The National Order of the Lion Award is the highest civilian honor in Senegal and is bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions to the country. 

Dangote, who is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group, was congratulated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the achievement. 

The award is a recognition of Dangote's contributions to the development of Senegal and the African continent as a whole.

The award ceremony will be held, in Senegal tomorrow,  Friday, February 2, 2024.

This honour, according to a press release by company, was said to be in appreciation for the services Dangote has rendered to the Republic of Senegal as well as a tribute to his business acumen, philanthropy, and developmental projects, which are capable of transforming Africa as a whole. The Dangote Group has a Cement Plant in Pout, Senegal.

In a press statement, signed by the Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to the President, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu in a congratulatory message, applauded the industrialist for his enterprise and ingenuity, creating jobs and opportunities for many in Nigeria and across West Africa, as well as contributing to their economies, which the award further affirms. The President commended Mr. Dangote and wished him the very best in his endeavours.

Recall that, just recently, Dangote was also conferred with the Commander of the Order of Merit of Niger award by the President of the then Republic of Niger, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum in Niamey. 

In the same vein, Dangote also bagged Nigeria’s second highest national honour, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger (GCON), after the Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) - an award which is only reserved for Nigerian Presidents and Heads of State. Dangote became the first individual outside government to receive this national honor. 

In the past, the GCON honour has only been awarded to Vice-Presidents, Chief Justices of the country, and Senate Presidents.
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