Dangote refinery ambitious project

Dangote refinery ambitious project, say Kano Professionals

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Dangote refinery ambitious project, say Kano Professionals

Apparently touched by the humongous installations at the Dangote Refinery and petro-chemical project sites, the Kano Professionals Forum, who visited the plant recently, have described the investment as ambitious, huge and mind-boggling.

 

The Forum is a congregation of men who have attained the peak of their various professional callings.

 

Leader of the team, Prof. Munzali Jibril, a Professor Emeritus, who spoke on behalf of the Forum said: “The Dangote Refinery and Fertilizer Project is incredible. It’s unbelievable. The scale of the two projects is simply mind-boggling.

 

“It is consistent with what we know about the vision of this company. It is always aspiring to do the biggest in the world and not to be complacent, once target is achieved then they set a new target,” he noted.

 

He added: “As people who come from the same state as Alhaji Aliko Dangote, we are very proud of his vision, of his achievements and the way he has been growing the company from strength to strength. We can only pray for more of the divine grace that has seen him this far to be bestowed upon him.”

 

Speaking on how the refinery and petrochemical projects will help the Nigerian economy, he said: “Once the refinery project is completed, for instance, it will be more than twice greater than the entire installed capacity of all the existing refineries in the country.

Dangote refinery ambitious project, say Kano Professionals

“It really makes you think that if an individual can do this, what have our leaders been doing? It is also gratifying to note that all our domestic needs will be met by this factory and that there will be excess capacity which will be exported and foreign exchange will be earned.

 

“This is an amazing achievement. It’s a sign that if we had visionary leaders of the calibre of Aliko Dangote, this country would have been somewhere else, and not where it is,” he retorted.

 

He said his Forum is desirous of partnering with the Dangote Industries Ltd in the area of mentoring of young professionals, adding that the refinery can provide a platform for the mentoring activities.

 

Speaking, President/Chief Executive of the Dangote Group Aliko Dangote said though the projects have been very challenging, he would not however rest on his laurels.

 

Dangote described the private sector as key to unlocking the Nigerian economy.

 

Speaking also during the tour, Group Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Mr. Devakumar Edwin said the project site is almost seven times the size of Victoria Island, Lagos, and thousands of jobs will be created when completed.

 

While the 650mbd refinery capacity makes it the single largest in the world, he said the fertilizer segment is world’s second largest fertilizer plant.

Mr. Edwin said with 177 tanks, the refinery has a storage capacity of 4.7billion litres, adding that 2,570 different types of equipment are being utilized in the construction work, while 1,029 trucks and tippers are working on daily basis.

 

According to him, the refinery has a 53 per cent capacity of producing Gasoline alone (PMS), which is in high demand, unlike Nigeria’s current combined total, which stood at 22 per cent.

Dangote refinery ambitious project, say Kano Professionals

Members of the Kano Professionals Forum who toured the refinery projects also included: Former President of the Nigerian Institute of Management,(NIM) Muhammad Abubakar; former President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) Ibrahim A. Haruna and former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(PSN) Ahmad Ibrahim Yakasai.

 

Others were: former President of the Nigerian Institute of Builders (NIB) Tijjani Shuaibu; former President of the Nigerian Institute of Directors (NIOD) Ahmad Rufai Muhammad; former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Major General Usman Umar (rtd), Garba Aliyu Gezawa and President of Manufacturers Association of

Nigeria(MAN) Mansur Ahmad.

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