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    Dangote Refinery Will Employ Over 70,000 Nigerians – CBN Governor

    Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele has said that when operational, the Dangote Refinery will employ more than 70,000 able Nigerians.

    Dangote Refinery Will Employ Over 70,000 Nigerians – CBN Governor

    The CBN governor who said this after a tour of the Refinery at the weekend added that the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant is expected to increase the number of employees from the present 34,000 to over 70,000.

    The apex bank governor commended the Dangote Group for its commitment towards bringing the project on stream as planned and expressed satisfaction with the facilities on site.

    He said:

    “The reason that I am here today is to see what is going on on site.

    “This time that the economy is going through its own challenges there is need for us to diversify the Nigerian economy from oil to other areas where we have abundant resources.”

    Emefiele said the fertiliser plant would stop importation of fertilisers as about 25 per cent of its products would be used for domestic consumption to boost agriculture in the country.

    According to him, the plant will also generate a minimum of $750 million through export annually.

    “The 650,000-bpd capacity refinery when operational will not only satisfy local consumption but will also position Nigeria as a major exporter of petroleum products.

    “Nigeria is so central and this refinery will serve almost the whole of Africa which will lead to cheap cost of freight.

    “This project is so strategically positioned that it will even make the final price of petroleum within Nigeria and even outside Nigeria to be lower than those imported outside the African continent.

    “We need to encourage other Nigerians and we will keep saying this. Nigerians must stand tall and be ready to come out and support their country,” the CBN governor said.

    He disclosed that apart from the low interest rate regime, the government was also putting other policies in place to rejuvenate industries and create employment opportunities for the citizenry.

    In the same vein, Aliko Dangote, said he is on a mission to aggressively reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

    Apart from job creation, the plant will also retain foreign exchange in Nigeria, as the country becomes self-sufficient in petroleum refining. “Besides, we are going to help in terms of not only creating jobs but also in reducing the outflow of foreign exchange not only in petroleum products but also in petrochemicals, and in fertilizers. We would be one of the highest foreign exchange generating company going forward”, Dangote added.

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