Reps Pledge Support For Dangote Refinery
The House of Representatives Committee on Local Content has said the National Assembly will provide support to ensure the successful construction of the crude oil refinery being built by Dangote Industries Limited.
The committee commended Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals for its strategic implementation of the Nigerian Content Act in the construction of the refinery and fertiliser projects, according to a statement on Wednesday.
The Vice-Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Local Content, Dr Ibrahim Hamza, who led other members on oversight visit to the refinery, fertiliser plants and jetty, was quoted as saying that the committee members were satisfied with the standard of the facilities and local content input.
The committee members commended Aliko Dangote’s multibillion-dollar investments and his vision for the growth of Nigeria’s downstream sector.
Hamza said, “We came to the refinery site, assess the progress of the construction of the refinery and fertiliser plants. I can say that Dangote has almost 90 per cent compliance in local content development Act, which is beautiful and we are proud to be associated with Dangote Group of companies.
“What we have seen today is really perplexing and we hope to give him every little encouragement he will require from the National Assembly. In my 17 years of professional practice as an architect, this is one of the best plants inspection I have ever had. I would like to congratulate the management of Dangote for the brilliant work.
“I heard about this project several years ago and never thought that it is this big. I assure you that the National Assembly will really give him all the backings that he may require. With the calibre of young talents that we see here today, I can assure you that the future of Nigeria is bright.”
In her presentation to the lawmakers, the Head, Learning and Development, Dangote Petroleum Refinery, Dr Ebele Oputa, said the company embarked on a training programme for 900 Nigerian engineers in India “who are expected to run the refinery and fertiliser plants.”
She disclosed that the young engineers spent about six months in a refinery in India and acquired knowledge on how to manage refinery operations.
She said the training became imperative due to the commitment of Dangote Group to promote local content in the development of indigenous capacity. “The engineers are expected to also transfer the skills acquired to other Nigerians when the refinery becomes operational,” she added.