Nigeria's Dangote to build cement plant in Niger

Africa's richest man and Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote plans to build a $350 million cement plant in neighbouring Niger as part of a continent-wide drive to boost output, Reuters has reported.

"I announced to the head of state my intention to build a cement plant worth $350 million which will produce 1.5 million tonnes (annually)," Dangote reportedly told journalists following a meeting with Niger's President Issoufou Mahamadou in the capital Niamey on Wednesday.

"The realisation of this project will create 6,000 to 7,000 jobs," he added.

Dangote Cement is Africa's largest cement producer.

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