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Dangote Refinery To Employ 250,000 Unemployed Nigerians When Operation Begins

Olamide Francis

The 650,000 barrels per day project of Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals will add 250,000 jobs to the Nigerian job market when completed and fully operational next year, according to the management.

This statement was made by the Group Executive Director, Strategy and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Devakumar Edwin, to reporters at the site.

He noted that the refinery has the capacity to positively spin Nigeria’s economy with the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

He said the huge youth unemployment rate and the need to make the country self-reliant in fuel consumption were the major reasons that motivated the President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, to venture into manufacturing.

The director said he was very optimistic that the refinery would be a “game-changer” for Nigeria and the rest of Africa.

Edwin also assured that all things being equal, the Dangote Fertilizer plant’s products will hit the market this month.

He said Dangote Fertilizer has a well-equipped fertiliser soil testing laboratory to ensure the efficiency of the product for farmers.

He explained: “The laboratory will enable us to analyse and identify a particular soil deficiency. Applying the right fertiliser to the soil will enable it to yield maximum results. The goal of our soil testing is to provide an accurate assessment of the soil’s fertility. A proper soil test will help ensure the application of enough fertiliser to meet the requirements of the crop while taking advantage of the nutrients already present in the soil.”

Edwin maintained that Dangote Fertilizer would make Nigeria self-sufficient in fertilizer production while exporting to other African countries.

“Right now, farmers are forced to utilize whatever fertilizer that is available as they have no choice. But, we need to know that the fertiliser that will work in one state may not be suitable in another state, as they may not have the same soil type and composition. The same fertilizer you use for sorghum may not be the fertiliser you will need for sugar cane,” he added.

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