Nigerian State Governors paid a visit to the site of the highly anticipated Dangote refinery which promises to satisfy Nigeria’s petroleum products needs and have surplus for export upon completion.
They were shown round the massive construction site by the CEO of Dangote group, Africa”s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
The governors included Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Bala Muhammed (Bauchi), while the governor of Cross Rivers State, Benedict Ayade was represented by his deputy, Ivara Esu.
The state governors who were led on the visit by the Chairman, Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Fayemi, described the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals as a pride to Nigeria and Africa that would contribute immensely to the continent’s economy and help attain food security when fully operational.
“This is an inspirational initiative by the President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote. It demonstrates the possibility where government provides the enabling environment the way the Lagos State government has done for individuals that are serious-minded and has what it takes to excel. This an individual that has put together a $12 billion project that we have toured almost through out the day and had to cut it short to be able to attend to other businesses.
“This is a pride to 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,” he said.
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