African investors told to emulate Dangote investments


Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has called on African investors to emulate the investment of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, saying Africa needs massive investment like the Dangote Refinery for economic development. Describing the Dangote refinery project as exceptional and enormous, Desalegn, who spoke during a tour of the Dangote Jetty, Fertilizer and Refinery Plant in Lagos, urged other private sector investors to take a cue from the Dangote group’s investment drive.

“I think this is a lesson for other African investors to take risk and bring about big change. A mega project of this magnitude actually needs dedication and commitment, as well as sacrifice. I think this project is not only for Nigeria, but for the entire African countries,” Desalegn said; adding that Aliko Dangote’s commitment to the general economic development of the whole of Africa is unquantifiable.

He therefore encouraged other investors to consider the strategic nature of investments made by the Dangote Group and emulate them in order to enhance the value of the continent’s economy.
According to him, investors in the continent must recognize that investment in strategic sectors would remain critical to sustainable economic growth.

Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development & Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Devakumar Edwin said the project would provide 135,000 retail outlets, 26,716 filling stations and 129 depots in Nigeria, while the 2,600 trucks for transport will create additional jobs.

Another invaluable area of interest the project will enhance is in the area of skill development and capacity building for Nigerian. Edwin said the training of second batch of Nigerian Engineers has started in Delhi India. “We are sending all engineers abroad in batches. They will engage in classroom training for one month and on the job training of one year. They will be working with real time experts in the industry every day.”

Edwin disclosed that the company’s target is for a significant portion of Nigeria’s crude oil production to be refined domestically, rather than imported, thereby creating jobs within Nigeria, and bringing a halt to the current importation of refined petroleum product.

Edwin said the refinery is going to provide over 100,000 indirect employment through retail outlets.
He said the refinery is designed to meet Euro V grade, which is the highest standard in the world, hence products can be exported to any part of the world.

“It will be well diversified and able to process Nigerian crude, African crude and crude from other parts of the world. In terms of evacuation routes, two crude oil single point mooring (SPM) buoys and three multi-product SPMs will be located within the Atlantic Ocean to transfer crude oil to a calling tanker.’’

Edwin said the company was also constructing the largest fertilizer plant in West Africa with the capacity to produce three million tons of Urea per year. Dangote Fertilizer Complex, consisting of Ammonia and Urea plants, is conceived to be one of the world’s largest fertilizer plants with a total capacity of 3 million tons per annum of Urea fertilizer.

Therefore, the Dangote Fertilizer is positioned to bridge the gap between local demand and national capacity. The Fertilizer Plants will produce Urea that will assist farmers boost their crop yields through easy access to fertilizer,” he added.