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Dangote Refinery is A Pride To Nigeria - NGF

Ten governors on the platform of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) friday visited the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos, stating that it is a pride to Nigeria and Africa.

    The governors, led by the Forum’s chairman, who is the
    Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, described the
    Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals as a salute to
    entrepreneurship.

    Fayemi said the project would contribute immensely to the
    economic growth of the nation and provide employment to
    thousands of Nigerians.

    He said: “This is an inspirational initiative by the President of
    the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote. It demonstrates the
    possibility where the government provides the enabling
    environment with the way the Lagos State government has
    done for individuals that are serious-minded and have what it
    takes to excel

    “This is an individual that has put together a $12 billion
    project that we have toured almost throughout the day and
    had to cut it short to be able to attend to other businesses.
    “This is pride in Africa and not just to Nigeria. I don’t know
    anywhere in Africa you will find a complex such as this.

    “I don’t think that there are many places in the world where
    you will find a complex as comprehensive and extensive as
    the one we have been privileged to tour.

    “We are all looking forward to the products that will come
    out from this place; the plastics, the oil from the refinery and
    the fertilizers for our agriculture.”

    The NGC chairman was accompanied on the visit by
    Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Godwin Obaseki,
    Edo; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; Simon Lalong, Plateau; Okezie
    Ikpeazu, Abia; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi; Abdulrahman
    Abdulrazak, Kwara; Babagana Zulum, Borno; Nasir El-Rufai,
    Kaduna and Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Cross River.
    Fayemi said state governments’ investment in agriculture
    would be given a boost by the fertilizer plant which is the
    largest in Africa.

    He urged governments to continue to create an enabling
    environment through the right incentives and policies, as well
    as provision of infrastructure needed to attract investors to
    their states.

    Also speaking, Sanwo-Olu commended Dangote for deciding
    to put the strategic investment in Lagos, adding that the
    government would continue to do its best to support the
    smooth completion of the project.

    “This project is sited close to the Lekki Free Trade Zone and
    Lekki Deep Sea Port and we are bringing development to our
    people.

    “Part of the things we are doing here is to bring a
    comprehensive new infrastructure to the communities. We
    are closing up on two different road connections out of this
    place. One will go to Epe, and another one will go to Ijebu
    Ode and back to Lagos.”

    The Lagos State governor added that the government planned
    to open up the place so that people could come and work,
    live and contribute to the economy.

    Welcoming his guests, Dangote thanked the governors for the
    visit to the facilities and assured them that the group would
    continue to invest in Nigeria to create jobs and make all
    Nigerians proud.

    “We will continue to make sure that we are the ones that will
    lead and others will follow. We want to bring all our monies
    to Nigeria and invest where we belong to,” he said.

    Dangote, however, urged the governors to focus on the areas
    of health, education and capital development, adding that
    these sectors should be part of their key responsibilities to
    their people.

    Mr Devakumar Edwin, Executive Director, Strategy, Capital
    Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, said all
    the states would benefit from the three million metric tonnes
    per annum fertiliser plant because it would improve the
    agricultural sector.

    Edwin noted that the 650,000-barrels-per-day refinery could
    meet 100 per cent of Nigeria’s requirement of all petroleum
    products and that there would be surplus for export.

    “The refinery project will create 1,600 permanent jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs. It will save Nigeria over $7.5 billion annually through import substitution,” he said.

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