President Buhari’s speech at 3rd Ministerial Performance Review Retreat
ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE 3RD YEAR MINISTERIAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW RETREAT HELD
AT THE STATE HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTRE,
ABUJA ON 17TH OCTOBER, 2022
It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to the 3rd Year and my last Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organised to evaluate the level of progress made in the implementation of the Nine Priority Agenda of this Administration.
2. I am particularly delighted to welcome His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, the immediate past President of the Republic of Kenya and members of his delegation, and specially thank him for honouring our invitation to be the Keynote Speaker at this Retreat.
We look forward to hearing about your experience especially around the last months prior to the handover to your successor.
3. This Retreat is organised at a time when we have commenced political activities and campaigns for the forthcoming general elections in the 1st Quarter of 2023. It therefore, provides an opportunity for us as a Government to reflect on the progress made so far, review the status of implementation of the Policies, Programmes and Projects of Government in line with the collective aspirations of our people as well as identify areas that need urgent intervention.
4. An exercise like this, will ensure that we maintain the right trajectory before the end of May, 2023, in order to achieve the promises we made to the Nigerian people, at the inception of this Administration.
5. I am glad to note that, over the past three years, Ministries have continued to navigate the challenging times to ensure the implementation of Policies, Programmes and Projects in the Ministerial Mandates signed by Ministers and Permanent Secretaries in 2019. 6. *The implementation of the laudable policy thrust of this Administration is periodically tracked, reviewed and analysed by the Central Delivery Coordination Unit through quarterly performance reports of the 29 Ministries including the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
7. Through the innovative delivery initiative put in place by this Government in 2019, I have continued to receive weekly updates from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, prepared by CDCU on the implementation of the Ministerial Mandates.
So far, the reports show that we are making remarkable progress and on track to reach most of the deliverables in the Ministerial Mandates against the benchmarked targets for 2023. 8. The objective is to ensure that we complete and deliver on our flagship projects and programmes, promote sustainable economic growth and development, as well as improve the living standard of our people.
9. In recognition of the importance of critical infrastructure in economic development and the quest of this Administration to leave a lasting legacy, we have implemented high-impact projects across the length and breadth of the Country that meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
10. *Some of the notable achievements include the completion of 326km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail line and railway ancillary facilities; the completion of over 156.5km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge railway modernization project with extension to Lagos Port, Apapa.
11. On road projects, this Administration has constructed 408Km of roads; 2,499Km of SUKUK roads and maintenance of 15,961Km of roads across the Country.
Key among these projects are the construction of 1.9km 2nd Niger Bridge linking Anambra and Delta States with 10.30km approach road; rehabilitation, construction & expansion of Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan dual carriageway; the ongoing rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna – Zaria – Kano Road, among others.
12. We have sustained our commitment to infrastructural development for the past 7 years.
This is evident in the handing over of 941km of completed SUKUK road projects nationwide.
13. Furthermore, the Federal Government has embarked on the reconstruction of 21 selected Federal Roads totaling 1,804.6km, under the Road Infrastructure Development & Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Policy.
The roads which are funded by the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited are in addition to similar existing collaboration with Messrs.
Dangote Industries Limited and other corporate organisations to improve the stock of our road infrastructure.
14. On another front, the establishment of a National Carrier for Nigeria is at 91% completion, expected to commence flight operations before the end of this year.
This is being boosted with the certification of two of our International Airports (Lagos & Abuja) by International Civil Aviation Organization, while Kano and Port Harcourt Airports are undergoing similar certification process.
15. On the economy, we have witnessed seven consecutive quarters of growth, after negative growth rates recorded in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters of 2020. The GDP grew by 3.54% (year-on-year) in real terms in the 2nd Quarter of 2022. This growth rate represents a sustained positive economic performance, especially for the Non-Oil GDP which fell by 4.77% in Q2 2022 against Oil GDP that grew by -11.77%.
16. Most Sectors of the economy recorded positive growth which reflects the effective implementation of the economic sustainability measures introduced by this Administration.
17. As part of our continued drive to promote the Communications & Digital Economy Sector, giant strides have been made through our broadband coverage which currently stands at 44.32%.
This is being reinforced by 77.52% 4G coverage with the establishment of 36,751 4G base stations nationwide.
18. The Power Sector has remained a critical priority for the Administration.
The implementation of a ‘Willing Buyer-Willing Seller’ Policy introduced by this Administration has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to underserved homes and industries.
19. We are also executing a number of critical projects through the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme, which will result in achieving the national goal of improved power supply by 2025. 20. It is important to state that the partnership between the Federal Government of Nigeria and German Siemens AG through the Presidential Power Initiative to increase electricity generation to 25,000 Megawatts (MW) in six years is on course, as the first batch of the transformers has arrived Nigeria already.
21. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, you will recall that I signed the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) into law on 16th August 2021. The Act provides a legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, as well as the development of host communities and related matters.
22. To achieve the objectives of the PIA, we have unbundled the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and have established the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and the Nigerian Midstream & Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.
23. As part of efforts toward strengthening our national security, we have substantially invested in arms, weapons and other critical military hardware as well as continuous training for our Armed Forces.
24. The Nigerian Air Force has acquired 38 brand-new aircraft and is expecting another batch of 36 new ones, while the Nigerian Navy has been equipped with new platforms, sophisticated riverine, Rigid-Hull Inflatable, Seaward Defence, Whaler & Fast Attack Boats as well as Helicopters and Capital Ships.
25. To boost the number of our Police personnel, 20,000 policemen have been recruited, trained, fully integrated and deployed in 2020 and 2021. This exercise has strengthened our community policing strategy which is enshrined in the Police Act, 2020. 26. As an Administration, we are unwavering in our fight against corruption.
We will continue to review and prosecute high-profile corruption cases and ensure speedy completion.
Accordingly, we have established platforms to promote collaboration among anti-corruption and prosecuting Agencies of Government.
This is to ensure Government at all levels is effective, efficient, accountable and transparent.
27. The implementation of our Social Investment Programmes and other socio-economic programmes and policies, demonstrates our Administration’s continued commitment to enhancing the welfare of the average Nigerian.
As of June 2022, we had enrolled 75% of the 1 million beneficiaries of Batch C under the N-POWER Programme.
Additionally, 9,990,862 pupils are being fed through the School Feeding Programme, which employs 128,531 cooks in local communities.
28. Following the passage of the National Health Act in 2014, this Administration began the inclusion of the 1% minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund to cater for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
29. Consequently, 988,652 poor and indigent Nigerians have been enrolled in the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF).
30. We should also note that a total of 7,373 primary health facilities have been accr
The Kogi Government has again debunked claims by the Dangote Group that Obajana Cement Factory is owned, 100 per cent, by the Conglomerate, insisting that there was no valid acquisition.
The state government, in a statement issued by the information Commissioner, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja on Friday, claimed that Dangote Group was distorting facts about the acquisition of the company The government had vowed to recover all accrued dividends from profits made over the years by the Dangote Group, including accrued interests on same.
“As a first step, the Specialised Technical Committee on the Evaluation of the Legality of the Alleged Acquisition of Obajana Cement Company Plc by Dangote Cement Company Limited has expressly asked the Kogi State Government to cancel the existing seven Certificates of Occupancy.
“This is part of the recommendations contained in the report of the 10-man committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. (Mrs) Folashade Ayoade, and submitted to Governor Yahaya Bello of the state.
‘”It’s very important to make it clear to the general public that the state has all the relevant documents to prove that the purported acquisition of Obajana by Dangote was null and void,” he said.
Fanwo noted that Kogi State indigenes would not be intimidated into forgoing their birth rights to any individual or institution, no matter how highly placed.
The Commissioner said that Gov. Yahaya Bello was committed to his inaugural promise that his administration “shall exist for the sole purpose of serving the superseding interests of the people of Kogi State”.
He said, “We want to assure the good people of Kogi State that, with God on our side, what belongs to the state shall be recovered, including all dividends and interests on profits from inception till date.
The Dangote Group is just distorting facts to save its face.
” “The detailed committee report, which was made public on Thursday, by the SSG, also charged the government to take steps to recover Obajana Cement Company Plc now changed to Dangote Cement Company Plc. “Ayodele had revealed with documents that the purported transfer of Obajana to Dangote Industries Limited, was “invalid, null and void”.
“She disclosed in the report that three Certificates of Occupancy for Obajana Cement Company Plc, which were solely owned by the Kogi State Government at the time, were used to obtain a loan of N63 billion by Dangote,” he said.
According to him, in view of its findings, the committee therefore recommended that Kogi State should take steps to recover the Obajana Cement Company from the Dangote Group.
“The committee also said, “Agreement between Kogi State Government of Nigeria and Dangote Industries Limited, dated 30th July 2002 and supplemental agreement dated 14th February 2003, as contained in Exhibit 71 of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Report, purporting the transfer of Obajana Cement Company Plc to Dangote Industries Limited, are all invalid, null and void.
“There is no evidence of consideration paid by Dangote Industries Limited to Kogi State Government from the alleged transfer of Obajana Cement Company Plc and no dividend was paid to the state from the profits realised from the inception of Dangote Cement Company Plc to date.
“By the assignment of the three certificates of occupancy, the title in Obajana Cement Company Plc, still vests in Kogi State Government as the sole owner.
The three documents were used to obtain a loan of sixty-three billion naira only (N63,000,000,000.00) to finance the construction of the cement plant in Obajana, ” he averred.
The Kogi Government on Thursday expressed determination to recover Obajana Cement Plant from Dangote and his accomplices.
The government’s resolution is contained in the report of the Specialised Technical Committee on the Evaluation of the Legality of the Alleged Acquisition of Obajana Cement Company by Dangote Cement Company.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the detailed report, which was submitted to Gov.Yahaya Bello of Kogi in September.
The report was presented to the public by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Folashade Ayoade, on Thursday in Lokoja.
Ayoade said, “Recovery of the state’s Obajana Cement Company Plc from Dangote Cement Company Limited became imperative at this point in time.
” The SSG revealed with documents that the purported transfer of Obajana to Dangote Industries Limited was “invalid, null and void”.
She disclosed that in the report, three Certificates of Occupancy for Obajana Cement Company Plc, which was solely owned by the Kogi State Government at the time, were used to obtain a loan of N63billion by Dangote.
According to her, the committee, in view of its findings, has, therefore, recommended that Kogi State should take steps to recover Obajana Cement Company from the Dangote Group.
The Committee, chaired by the SSG, also recommended that: “Kogi State Government should take steps to recover all accrued dividends from profits made over the years, including accrued interest on same.
“Kogi State Government should take steps to cancel the existing seven Certificates of Occupancy in the name of Dangote Cement Company.
” Stressing the aberration in the arrangement, the SSG said, “Agreement between Kogi State Government of Nigeria and Dangote Industries Limited, dated 30th July 2002. “And, supplemental agreement dated 14th February 2003, as contained in Exhibit 71 of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Report, purporting the transfer of Obajana Cement Company Plc to Dangote Industries Limited, are all invalid, null and void.
“There is no evidence of consideration paid by Dangote Industries Limited to Kogi State Government from the alleged transfer of Obajana Cement Company Plc and no dividend was paid to the state from the profits realised from the inception of Dangote Cement Company Plc to date… “By the assignment of the three certificates of occupancy, the title in Obajana Cement Company Plc, still vests in Kogi State Government as the sole owner.
“The three documents were used to obtain a loan of sixty-three billion naira only (63,000,000,000.00) to finance the construction of the cement plant in Obajana.
” Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, specifically noted that the acquisition of the Obajana Cement Company by Dangote was without the resolution of the House of Assembly, which made the process null and void.
“It is clear that you cannot sell a state government property of any form without the resolution of the Kogi State House of Assembly.
“All the transfer process of the share capital to Dangote from Obajana by the previous administration was without any law backing it by the state House of Assembly,” Kolawole stated.
In his remarks, Gov. Yahaya Bello said that he had taken the bold step, in line with his mandate to safeguard the lives and livelihood of the people of Kogi State, including residents, and to ensure their wellbeing.
Bello said this was also coming on the heels of protests by the people of the state who felt they had been suppressed and marginalised by the Dangote Group who had come to rip them off.
The governor, however, said that the state was open to discussions once Dangote Company Plc is ready to come clean.
“We received several petitions from the general public over this particular subject matter.
In the past five to six years, all efforts to sit with the proprietors of the Dangote Conglomerate failed.
“We set up a committee to look into this and invited the Dangote company to discuss with them and tell them the imminent dangers they are exposing the people to, but it all fell on deaf ears.
“I am here to defend my people, and from all reports, it is clear that Obajana Cement Company does not belong to Dangote,” Bello declared.
Dangote Fertilizer Limited has announced plans to train more than a million farmers over the next three years to improve the agricultural sector and create jobs.
Mr. Uchenna Nwankwo, Deputy Sales Director of Dangote Fertilizer Ltd., made this known in a statement on Sunday from the ongoing Enugu International Fair.
Nwankwo said the training, which is part of the company's agricultural extension services, will include spot demonstrations, result demonstrations, field demonstrations and soil sample collection.
He added that the exercise was designed to educate farmers on best practices in fertilizer application.
It revealed that free samples of the fertilizers would be used in field demonstrations, while the results would be collected at the end of the farming season.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Mr. Jasper Nduagwuike, praised Dangote Industries Limited for sponsoring the Enugu International Trade Fair.
He said that the activities of the indigenous conglomerates are having a great impact on the economic development of the country.
Nduagwuike praised the company for changing Nigeria's economy from consuming to producing articles, fertilizers and other products.
“ECCIMA hopes that other companies emulate Dangote industries because that is the only way to change the course of this economy.
“I challenge Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to understand that Industrias Dangote was once an SME but with hard work, resilience and determination, today it is a conglomerate.
“ECCIMA's deep gratitude to Dangote industries for being part of the sponsorship of the fair and this relationship will continue and for us it is still creation day tomorrow”, he said.
Dangote Cement Regional Sales Director, Southeast, Mr. Abayomi Shittu, said that the Dangote Group's interest was in supporting the government in creating jobs and reducing poverty in the country.
He noted that the company, through its job creation mechanism, had become the second largest employer of labor in the country outside of the government.
Shittu stated that the President of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote, was passionate about promoting the activities of the Chambers of Commerce and Industries across the country.
“He is interested in the activities of all the major Nigerian Chambers of Commerce and Industries, hence our participation in trade fairs organized by the Enugu, Abuja, Ogun, Kaduna and Kano Chambers of Commerce and Industries.
“Our participation in all major trade shows in the country is a means of demonstrating our belief that Chambers of Commerce and Industry are uniquely positioned to drive economic development through their activities.
“Our expectation is that this trade show will further expand awareness of our innovative products, generate sales, gain potential buyers, enhance the image of our brands and open new markets that will further translate into job creation,” he said.( ) (
President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that Nigeria's dependence on imported products in the agricultural sector will soon be a thing of the past with the inauguration of the Dangote Fertilizer Plant, which has an installed capacity of 3.0 million metric tons of urea. year.
At the ceremony in Lagos, he said the plant will boost the country's drive towards self-sufficiency in food production, create jobs, increase foreign exchange earnings and accelerate economic growth.
“This new plant is a renewed testament to the widely recognized patriotism of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and the leadership of Dangote Industries Limited. It also demonstrates his commitment to the socioeconomic 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.
“Together with several other subsidiaries, Dangote Industries Limited has created thousands of jobs in Nigeria. It is the second largest employer of labor in this country, after the Federal Government.
"This is very welcome because the creation of jobs for the operators is vital for security, since it takes thousands of young people off the streets," he said.
On other benefits of the plant, the president expressed his satisfaction that with the start of exports to other countries, including the United States, India and Brazil, Nigeria is already earning a lot in foreign exchange earnings from excess production and export of , plant.
''In the agricultural sector, another focal point of our economic policy, we expect a boom as fertilizers are now available in larger quantities and of better quality.
“Many Nigerians who until now practiced subsistence farming due to unavailability of necessary inputs are now able to farm as a business.
"We look forward to the emergence of a new generation of agribusinesses who will add value to agriculture and make the nation self-sufficient in food production," he said.
The president, after the inauguration, inspected the Group's Oil Refinery with 650,000 barrels per day and the Polypropylene Plant with 900,000 tons per year located within the Dangote Free Zone Complex.
In his speech, Dangote said that the fertilizer complex, which occupies 500 hectares and had a construction cost of $2,500 million, will drastically reduce the level of unemployment and youth discontent in the country, through the generation of direct and indirect employment.
”Agriculture accounts for more than 20 percent of Nigeria's GDP, and the country is one of the leading producers of various agricultural commodities. The sector has the potential to become our nation's largest source of income, providing jobs and raw materials for industries.
“However, the low use of fertilizers has been one of the main reasons for the low productivity in the sector. It is well known that the lack of availability of the product, in quantity and quality, rather than affordability, is the main limitation for the use of fertilizers.
"Our goal is to make fertilizer available in sufficient quantities and quality to our many farmers, ensuring higher agricultural production," he said.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State recounted the role played by the state governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in establishing the fertilizer plant and refinery.
”The idea of having a free zone in Ibeju Lekki was conceived by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“I was with him in 2003, when we did a trip to China and we were trying to conceive of a free zone and this is where we are.
“The free zone is not only home to the largest fertilizer plant in Africa, it will certainly house the largest refinery,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The company disclosed this in a statement signed by Awowole-Browne, Media and Communications Officer of Dangote Industries Limited, and issued to journalists in Lagos on Monday. The award was presented at the 4th Annual Food Processing and Nutrition Leadership CEO Forum co-hosted by TechnoServe; Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Lagos. According to the release, Dangote Sugar was named among four other companies with substantial compliance in four food categories. Dangote Group Chairman Mr. Aliko Dangote is quoted as saying that food fortification is a health issue that forum members pledged to ensure health compliance, in the interest of the nutritional health of Nigerians. He recalled that the forum had proposed a regular convergence to assess compliance levels and expressed satisfaction that the report for 2022 was an improvement over the previous one. Dangote urged forum members to double their efforts to tighten compliance in the area where it still fell short of expectations. He assured that there will be no going back to achieve full compliance with micronutrient fortification, especially in the era of the pandemic, to mitigate the effects of the virus. Giving the Compliance Milestones and Trends report covered in 2021, Mr. Dominic Schofield of TechnoServe said that 14 companies covering 31 brands had joined the Micronutrient Fortification Index (MFI) ranking for wheat flour, edible oil , sugar and salt. The essence of the MFI classification, Schofield explained, was to allow members of the public to have access to information on the fortification of the four staple foods and to help encourage companies to meet their fortification targets. “The recent implementation of border controls related to the pandemic has enabled producers of industrially processed edible oil, suitably enriching themselves, to capture a larger market share and ensure greater consumer reach. “The wheat flour sector has demonstrably attempted to maintain compliance levels over the past year. “However, interrupted access to good-quality vitamin A continues to pose a risk to good performance. “With the promise of a renewed focus; With opportunities to innovate in business processes and digitalization that better integrate food fortification and build trust, and with commitment and collective action by all food fortification stakeholders, Nigerian processors can return to levels of optimal compliance achieved before the pandemic. ," he said. According to the release, private sector operators in the food processing industries, as well as government regulatory agencies, have committed to achieving optimal levels of food fortification compliance. This, they said, was pertinent with the growing nutritional challenges facing millions of Nigerians, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Poised to mitigate shortages, Dangote Cement Plc has assured Nigerians of product availability, while deepening their market share and participation.
He said a combined output from Dangote Cement's factories in Obajana, Gboko, Ibese and Okpella would allay concerns about product availability in some sectors.
This comes as Dangote Cement Plc maintains its position as the top contributor to the Nigerian economy with a tax charge of N173.93 billion for the official year ending December 31, 2021.
According to the cement group's audited results published on the Nigerian Exchange Ltd (NGX) portal, the tax charge represents an increase of 78.7 percent over N97.24 billion in 2020.
The group's sales and marketing director, Rabiu Umar, said cement supply was stabilizing to meet demand from Nigerians.
The company, he said, has committed billions of Naira to social interventions across the country, making it Nigeria's largest donor.
Speaking at a sales conference in Abuja, Umar said the company wanted to meet and exceed the demands of Nigerians while also generating profit for the company.
He also added that Dangote Cement Plc's Corporate Social Responsibility program is huge and second to none in the country.
According to him, the company will not give up on its strategic plans despite the incidents of insecurity in the north of the country.
Speaking at the conference, National Sales Director Funmi Sani urged the team to exhibit honesty, dedication and commitment to duties and responsibilities for the Company's image and the benefit of end users.
The head of Route to Market, Mr. Olukayode Bamidele, said that everyone is ready to overcome the challenges along the value chain.
North Central Regional Director Mr. Bankole George said he would commit to a key focus on results, smart sales tactics and an enabling environment for the team to be successful in their business.
Dangote Cement is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited, a fully integrated and diversified conglomerate, as well as a leading brand in Africa in businesses such as cement, sugar, salt, beverages and real estate.
It has new multi-million dollar projects underway in the oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer and agriculture sectors.
Dangote Group CEO and Chairman of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Mansur Ahmed, has assured Nigerians that the upcoming Dangote Oil Refinery will help address the volatile fuels crisis in the country.
This comes against the backdrop of outpouring of praise from President Muhammadu Buhari, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Defense Minister Bashir Magashi.
Dangote Group is one of the winners of the Kaduna International Fair which ended on Sunday.
Ahmed also said that the refinery, which is due to start operations later in the year, will also have a positive impact on Nigeria's economy through foreign exchange conservation and massive job creation.
He described the positive impact as monumental and unprecedented in Nigerian history.
Ahmed, who was speaking at the weekend Special Dangote Day at the ongoing 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair, said Dangote Group Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote is passionate and eager to change the trajectory of the economy. Africa through industrialization.
The group's CEO also officially introduced Dangote fertilizer to the Kaduna market and public, where he spoke enthusiastically about how the new product can help address issues associated with agricultural yield.
He praised the organizer of the Trade Fair, the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) for organizing another successful Trade Fair.
Dangote Industries Limited is the main sponsor of the Trade Fair with the theme: Re-Strategies of the Nigerian Economy for Global Competitiveness.
In his speech, the president of KADCCIMA, Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu, described the association with Dangote as very important to deepen commercial activities in the country.
He said that the support of the Dangote Group for the success of the Fair cannot be quantified.
The company's Group General Manager, Bello Dan-Musa, said the company will not rest on its oars in reviving the economy through its many philanthropic steps, with Social Responsibility schemes and the Aliko Dangote Foundation being represented.
Representatives of the different Business Units of the Dangote Group also spoke about the company's products. They are: Alhaji Abdulsalam Waya (Dangote Sugar), Alhaji Ahmed Tijana (Dangote Cement), Mr. Isaac Oladele (Dangote Fertilizer) and Mr. Ifeanyi Tobi (Dangote Salt).
The Dangote Group has reiterated its commitment to creating jobs for Nigerians, saying that at the moment it is the biggest employer of labour in the country.
Halima Aliko-Dangote, Group Executive Director, Commercial Operations, Dangote Group made this known during the Dangote Special Day at the 2021 Lagos International Trade Fair, LITR, on Wednesday in Lagos.
DAILY MNIGERIAN reports that the nine-day fair is holding from Nov. 5 to Nov. 14 and has as its theme: “Connecting Businesses, Creating Value”.
Over 200,000 visitors are expected while about 1,500 exhibitors from 16 countries are participating in the 35th edition of the fair.
Represented by Rabiu Umar, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, she said the theme of the fair was consistent with the company’s drive for innovation and value creation across Africa.
She expressed optimism that the fair would further expand awareness for the group’s products ranging from sugar, salt, tomato paste, noodles, pasta, fertiliser and its 650,000BPD refinery coming on stream soon.
“Our interest goes beyond profit making, to supporting government in job creation, reducing poverty, and engaging in unprecedented philanthropy.
“In achieving these, we respect the laws of the land where we operate.
“With all sense of humility, we can say that outside of government, the Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria,” she added.
Earlier in her remarks, Toki Mabogunje, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said the LITF was aimed at facilitating trade, commerce and investment.
Mrs Mabogunje, represented by Gabriel Idahosa, Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, LCCI, said it also aimed to advance industrialisation of Nigeria’s economy to engender a high growth rate of the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
She commended the Dangote Group for its products and services which have touched the lives of millions of people across the African continent and beyond.
“We appreciate the passion of the group’s leadership in providing solutions to the problems governments have not been able to solve in areas of food sufficiency, housing, and energy.
“The group’s operations have created millions of jobs across Africa and contributed immensely to the GDP of many countries,” Mrs Mabogunje said.
By Rukayat Moisemhe
Dangote Industries Limited says its urea-based fertilizer is currently pushing a minimum of 120 trucks per day across the country to meet local demands and exports.
Mr. Devakumar Edwin, Group Executive Director, Strategy, Investment Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, said in a statement on Sunday.
Edwin said the fertilizer plant, which has the capacity to produce over 4,500 tonnes of urea per day, would conveniently meet local demands and even produce for export.
“We have the capacity to produce 4,500 tonnes of urea per day.
“This is a bulk application fertilizer that every crop in Nigeria or around the world needs because of the nitrogen content; it is a rich fertilizer containing 46 percent nitrogen.
“The company has the capacity to meet local demand and also to export to African countries.
“Currently the demand is less than a million tonnes and only we can produce three million tonnes; so we can easily meet local demand and also produce for export to other West African countries, ”he said.
Edwin said that in addition to fertilizer production, the company was already working to support farmers with training in fertilizer application and even establishing laboratories across the country for proper soil examination.
“The uniqueness of this plant, besides the fact that we produce, lies in the emphasis placed on supporting farmers, training, education and development.
“We are now establishing labs across the country and even mobile labs where we can drive around and take soil samples for proper examination.
“It's about effectively increasing agricultural production across the country,” he said.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the urea-based fertilizer plant was built to meet Nigeria's demand for fertilizer, a critical component in achieving food sufficiency in the most populous country from Africa.
The fertilizer plant is expected to manufacture three million metric tonnes of urea per year.
This in order to reduce the country's fertilizer imports and generate $ 400 million in foreign exchange per year through exports to African countries. (NOPE)(NAN)