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Dangote, VDMA Initiative Train 200 Nigerians



Aliko Dangote; President of VDMA, Dr. Reinhold Festge; exchanging the MoU documents

By Paul Mbagwu

Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) and German Equipment Manufacturers Association (VDMA) have formally opened the Train-the-Trainer (Didactic & Rhetoric) Course (ToT) under the Dangote VDMA Initiative on Technical Education & Vocational Training (TVET).

The training which is holding at the Dangote Academy Complex in Obajana, Kogi State is a culmination of a project, which started on February 10, 2016, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the DIL and the VDMA.

The two parties had expressed their commitments to promote and enhance technical vocational education and the TEVT in order to develop a skilled workforce in Nigeria.


DLI operates as a diversified business conglomerate company in Africa. The company engages in the manufacturing/importing, packaging, and distribution of cement; manufacturing and refining of sugar; refining, manufacturing, and marketing of kitchen, table, and industrial salts; manufacturing, importing and selling of petti tomato paste; milling and packaging of flour; producing pasta, as well as spaghetti and macaroni; producing fruit juices, water, and pasteurised milk and yoghurt drinks; and manufacturing polypropylene sacks.

The company also owns real estate assets, such as warehouses, flats, and commercial offices in Nigeria.

DLI is a subsidiary of Dangote Group, a company owned by Nigerian billionaire and philanthropist, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.


Dangote Group is one of the largest conglomerates in West Africa with an annual revenue of over $3 billion and over 20,000 employees.

The group has operations cutting across various areas of the economy including flour milling, sugar and salt refining, and port operations.

The Dangote Group is currently building one of the largest crude oil and petrochemical complexes in Africa.


On the other hand, VDMA is the largest network organisation for mechanical engineering in Europe with more than 3,200 members. The company represents the common economic, technological and scientific interests of this diverse industry.

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