‘Dangote Refinery will be ready before Buhari’s tenure ends’ – Ɗangote assures

The Chairman of the Ɗangote Group, Aliko Ɗangote, has said that the Ɗangote Refinery would be ready for commissioning before President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office on May 29, 2023.

Ɗangote spoke to State House Correspondents on Friday, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Asked when the refinery would be ready for operations, the Forbes magazine’s Africa richest man, said: “By the grace of God, Mr. President will come and commission before the end of his tenure”.

He noted that when operational, the refinery would create jobs and generate more tax money, which would be used by the government to develop the country further.

“In the near future they are expected to see more employment, they are expected to see more prosperity. We keep doing new things and good things and also we keep paying our taxes, which will complement the government’s effort in providing education, good health and the rest”, he said.

Asked if he was worried about potash scarcity as a result of the Russian/Ukrainian conflict, Ɗangote said there was no need for concern as only 26% of the world’s potash supply comes from the two countries.

Speaking about why his team was at the Presidential Villa, he said, “We came here on a courtesy call and also a ‘thank you visit’, to thank him for personally coming to commission our fertilizer plant.

“This is just on the 22nd of March, about four weeks ago. So, I’m here with my Board of Directors just to show gratitude to Mr. President, and he received us very well”.

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