The Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals has disclosed that the 650,000 barrels per day project will create jobs for 250,000 Nigerians when completed and fully operational next year.
Group Executive Director, Strategy and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, told reporters at the site that the company’s Refinery has potential to turn around Nigeria’s economy with the employment of thousands of Nigerians for direct and indirect jobs.
He said the huge unemployment rate of Nigerian youths and the need to make the country self-reliant in fuel consumption and attract much needed foreign exchange through export of the products were reasons that motivated the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote to venture into manufacturing.
He expressed optimism that the refinery will be a game-changer for Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
According to him, the Dangote Industries Limited has succeeded in substantially reducing the high rate of unemployment in the country, with the conglomerate already recruiting youths its various agricultural scheme and also into its other subsidiaries.
Edwin also assured that Dangote Fertilizer plant’s products will hit the market this month.
He said that Dangote Fertilizer Limited has a well-equipped fertilizer soil testing laboratory to ensure the efficiency of the product for farmers. He explained: “The laboratory will enable us to analyze and identify a particular soil deficiency. Applying the right fertilizer to the soil will enable it to yield maximum result. The goal of our soil testing is to provide an accurate assessment of the soil’s fertility to make fertilizer recommendations.
“A proper soil test will help ensure the application of enough fertilizer to meet the requirements of the crop while taking advantage of the nutrients.”