Mr Tony Chiejina, Head of Corporate Affairs, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that the expatriates were disengaged because of job overlap.
He said the 12 Nigerians that were affected were in the procurement department whose services were now redundant due to growth in the company.
Chiejina said that in spite of the recession, the Dangote group has been expanding its operations into oil and gas, rice and dairy projects, fertiliser and petrochemicals, among others..
According to him, this expansion would create more employments in the company.
He said that the current recession has been a challenge to the company as it strives to impact more favourably on the Nigerian economy.