It is almost impossible to do business with the Nigerian government and get short-changed.

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote is building a 35 kilometer long highway and in exchange, he is getting a 10-year tax holiday.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola said this at the Business Day Road Construction Seminar in Lagos.

He said that the contract for the road network comprising Creek Road, Liverpool Road, Marine Beach all the way to Mile 2, Oshodi, Oworonshoki, to the Lagos end of the Toll Gate on the Ibadan Expressway was signed with the Dangote Group on September 12, 2017.

The decision according to Fashola, is to encourage the Dangote Group to embark on the project which the government is still waiting for designs; the government had approved an upward review of a tax incentive to the group to 10 years.

But the move has been greeted with criticism.

Olaniyan Ishola, a PDP chieftain in Ibadan, Oyo state said the move by the government encourages the continuation of the monopoly of business on Nigerians and is also part of Buhari’s strategy to empower the Hausa-Fulani clan.

“Dangote has delved into all business and crashed all competitors; the federal government is now further helping him by giving him tax holiday. This is ridiculous and highly unthinkable and a big slap on Nigerians.”

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