Dangote Has Created Thousands of Jobs Across Nigeria—Buhari

March 24, 2022
Created Thousands of Jobs

By Adedapo Adesanya

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Dangote Industries Limited owned by billionaire businessman, Mr Aliko Dangote, for supporting the nation’s economy through job creation.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Dangote Fertilizer Plant in Lagos on Wednesday, the President said with companies like Dangote, Nigeria’s dependence on imported products in the agriculture sector will soon be a thing of the past.

The Dangote Fertilizer Factory has an installed capacity of 3.0 million metric tonnes of Urea per annum and according to Mr Buhari, the facility will further advance the country’s drive towards achieving self-sufficiency in food production, job creation, increase in the inflow of foreign exchange and acceleration of economic growth.

“This new plant is a renewed testament to the widely acknowledged patriotism of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the leadership of Dangote Industries Limited. It also demonstrates their commitment to the socio-economic development of our country and the well-being of our people.

“The group’s investment in integrated cement plants, spanning the value chain from quarry to ‘bagging, has effectively ended Nigeria’s dependence on imported cement products.

“Along with the several other subsidiaries, Dangote Industries Limited has created thousands of jobs across Nigeria. It is the second biggest employer of labour in this country, after the federal government.

“This is very pleasing because job creation by private sector operators is vital to security as it takes thousands of youths off the street,” President Buhari said.

On other benefits of the plant, the President expressed delight that with the commencement of exports to other countries including the United States, India, and Brazil, Nigeria is already gaining extensively in earnings of foreign exchange from the excess production of, and export from, the plant.

He noted that coming on stream of the plant had created huge opportunities in the areas of job creation, trade, warehousing, transport, and logistics, which would, in turn, create significant wealth, reduce poverty, and help in securing the future of the nation.

“In the agricultural sector, another focal point of our economic policy, we expect a boom as fertilizer is now readily available in greater quantities and better quality.

“Many Nigerians who hitherto practised subsistence farming because of nonavailability of necessary inputs can now take up agriculture as a business.

“We expect the rise of a new breed of agropreneurs who will add value to farming and make the nation self-sufficient in food production,” he said.

He used the occasion to reassure Nigerians that his government is focused on providing an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive, pledging continuity in improving infrastructure, power and security as well as enacting relevant laws and regulations to drive investments in the economy.

“We are partnering with the private sector, through a tax credit scheme, in the rehabilitation of roads across Nigeria under Presidential Order No. 7.

“As we know, good roads contribute to easy movement of goods and services across the nation, thus reducing the cost of doing business and improving productivity.

“We are also rehabilitating our railway lines and building new ones to lessen the burden on our roads and create more effective multi-modal transportation networks,” he said.

“I look forward to coming back to inaugurate the Refinery and petrochemical plant later in the year.

“Projects of this magnitude and complexity require the support and collaboration of many persons and organisations. I am grateful to all of them.

“In particular, I would like to commend the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Development Finance Institutions and the Local and Foreign Commercial Banks that have supported the investor to make these projects a reality,” the President declared.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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