The President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, has unveiled plans to increase the human capacity at the Dangote Refinery Project site from 40,000 to 57,000 personnel in the coming months.
According to him, the project currently employs 29,000 Nigerians and 11,000 foreigners at the 650,000 barrels-per-day world’s largest single refinery project located in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos.
This is a ratio of around three Nigerians to one expatriate at present, which will increase for local talent with the new additions.
Speaking in Lagos in a recent broadcast, which aired on Arise TV, Dangote said the refinery project remained the biggest in Africa and one of the biggest in the world, adding that many Nigerians were getting massive training as a way to build in-country capacity.
He said: “When we started the project, we were supposed to bring a lot of foreign workers, but as we speak today, we have less than 11,000 expatriates. We have almost about 29,000 Nigerian workers that are getting massive training. We are also creating a lot of capacity in the country, which will be of great help for future oil projects in Nigeria, most especially with the opening up of the oil industry through the new Petroleum Industry Act.
“It means that the country can boast of human capacity needed in the oil and gas sector. Most of these Nigerians can compete anywhere in the world in terms of electrical, welding, mechanical erection etc. We have actually created massive capacity,” he added.
The business mogul said construction of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery was informed by his desire to help the Federal Government tackle the lingering issue of petroleum products’ importation.
He said: “It makes me feel terrible to see a country as big and resourceful as Nigeria with high population, importing all its petroleum products. It is very painful. So, we decided it is time to tackle this challenge. We tried before in 2007, but we were not able to make it happen. So, we jettisoned the idea
“What actually inspired me is when you look at what happened in a country like India where entrepreneurs went ahead and created about five million barrels-per-day oil refinery. This country does not have as much oil as Nigeria. Nigeria is here sitting on over 2.4 million barrels per day at a point and we do not refine the oil we produce. Here, we have a country of over 200 million people and we are importing 100 per cent of what we consume.
“It is not sustainable. If you go to some places in Nigeria, you will discover that there are petrol stations that are not working. ’This actually pushed me into saying that this is a big challenge, which needed to be addressed urgently.”
“Because I’m a Nigerian and if there are issues to be sorted out, I should be one of those who will bring solutions to our national problems.”
Dangote described the refinery project as an investment that would transform the economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
“This refinery is going to help transform, not only the oil sector, it is going to assist to transform the entire economy of Nigeria and all the countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is unfortunate that all sub-Saharan African countries are importing petroleum products and this is not what it is supposed to be.
“It is not government’s responsibility alone to address the challenge of petroleum products’ importation in Nigeria. No, we have to collaborate with the government to tackle these issues of petroleum importation. It will put millions of people directly and indirectly at work. The refinery is going to massively transform the economy. By this transformation, government will have more money to take care of infrastructure, health, education. So, it is a massive transformational project,” he added.
Dangote emphasised the need for the country to shift attention from crude oil export and diversify the economy.
“We should not as a country be comfortable with generating revenue from crude oil export alone because tomorrow, people may not need crude oil. If we don’t move from crude oil to something else, we will have issues as a country. This is one of the things that I took upon myself to help address in this country,” he said.
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Replacing Jonathan With Buhari A Mistake We Regret, Says Northern Elders
Man Who Impregnated 16-Year-Old Niece, Procured 2 Abortions For Her In Ogun Arrested
FG To Promote Digital Economy, Inclusive Development
“It’s Obvious He’s Using Them To Renew His Fame” – Man Accuses Davido Of Sacrificing His Crew Members
Brazil’s Health Minister Tests Positive For Covid At UN General Assembly
UAE Releases Names Of Nigerians, Organizations Sponsoring Terrorism [FULL LIST]
Anti-IPOB Protesters Storm National Assembly, Challenge Senator Abaribe To Show Projects After 16 Years [VIDEO]
Police Kill 3 Suspected IPOB Members In Imo, Recover 16 IEDs, Others
2023: How Presidency Used FFK To Deceive Nnamdi Kanu – Ohanaeze
Tension As Unknown Gunmen Kill Lawyer In Imo
- BREAKING NEWS22 hours ago
2023: Jega, Pat Utomi, Donald Duke, Create New Political Party
- BREAKING NEWS23 hours ago
After Rescue Of Trapped Scavengers At Ariaria Market Reconstruction Site, Abia Govt Issues Strong Warning
- LIFESTYLE22 hours ago
Rep Ben Kalu Greets Chief Okeke At Birthday, Describes Him As Man Of Repute
- BREAKING NEWS11 hours ago
Biafra: Kanu Speaks On What ESN Will Do Again In South East
- BREAKING NEWS10 hours ago
FENRAD Writes Buhari, Demands Publication Of NDDC Forensic Audit Report
- Local News11 hours ago
North West Afflicted By Highest School Dropout, Poverty Rate In Nigeria — Nasir el-Rufai
- BREAKING NEWS7 hours ago
Fears As Gunmen Kill 2 Policemen, Injure Three At Enugu Checkpoint
- BREAKING NEWS7 hours ago
Sit-At-Home: No Candidate Missed Exam In Enugu – WAEC