The Federal Government has said it depends intensely on the Dangote refinery to satisfy its guarantee to Nigerians to end fuel importation by December 2019.
To this end, the Minister of State for petroleum resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, who went to the Dangote oil Refinery site at Lekki facilitated trade Zone, in Lagos, said the government was prepared to have its impact as a capable government to help with ensuring the venture is finished before the planned date.
The minister who said he was overpowered by the measurement of the venture clarified that the present government had dependably trusted that the private segment holds the expert in industrialization endeavors of the government, noticed that that conviction has been strengthened by what the Dangote Group is doing.
He stated: It is good to say that private sector is the solution to Nigerian’s issues with a venture as large as this. The test I will give you today is that of time, I see your chance for a finish is 2019 December yet I am certain you will comprehend my ravenousness in the event that I disclose to you that the refinery segment of this venture should come sooner than the set date.
“I have made strong responsibility regarding Nigerians that I should stop the importation of oil based commodities by 2019 and I am will keep to it. It is totally vital that we do this early and given the accomplishment that we have accomplished regarding the pace of development and I ask you to do all within you to accomplish its consummation before the due date. “I am certain His Excellency President Buhari will be totally enthused if he somehow happened to get himself, not just crystallizing the strategic position we have taken up until now yet in addition coming here himself to come and open an office as large as this before the finish of his initial term. “Whatever setups your designers have thought of, I ask that they backpedal to the planning phase and get me my refined items before your said date.” In his reaction to the government’s test, Dangote said he has acknowledged the test and would do all conceivable to accomplish the accomplishment.
In such manner, the Leader of Dangote Group expressed: “on the good minister’s test, we will make it by the grace of God. I am certain the Minister will bolster us to ensure that we address his difficulty.
“What the minister is attempting to do is the best so far for our nation, his own particular adaptation is that Nigeria ought not to consider trading unrefined, you know the issue we have in Africa is that we just fare crude materials, not completed products, so he is stating that, look, we should all do this by including quality and I supplicate that even at 2.5million barrels, we ought not to send out much, in terms of the crude.
“We will backpedal and see what to do to get this going by optimizing our procedures since the Minister has guaranteed the government’s participation and support.”