Aliko Dangote's Refinery Finally Opens as He Pens 74-Word Message to Nigerians in Rare Social Media Post

Aliko Dangote's Refinery Finally Opens as He Pens 74-Word Message to Nigerians in Rare Social Media Post

  • Aliko Dangote's highly anticipated $19 billion refinery has officially opened its doors
  • In a rare social media post, Dangote wrote a 74-word message to Nigerians providing an inside view of the refinery
  • President Muhammdu Buhari and five other African presidents will be at the launch of the $19 billion refinery

Aliko Dangote's highly anticipated $19 billion refinery will finally begin operation today, Monday, May 22, 2023.

The Dangote Refinery, located in the Lekki Free Trade Zone of Lagos, is set to be Africa's largest oil refinery, with a capacity to process 650,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

Punch reports that the refinery has been designed to process crude oil grades from the three continents of Africa, Asia, and America.

Aliko Dangote
The Dangote Refinery idea was birthed in 2013. Photo credit: @bloomberg/Getty Images
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Dangote post on social media

Ahead of the launch, which will be done by President Muhammadu Buhari, Aliko Dangote, in a rare post on his verified Instagram account, once again showed his astuteness.

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This is Dangote's second-ever post on Instagram, and it reads:

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, as they say. Commitment, consistency, and a good dose of courage must come handy on any worthwhile journey as well.
"What’s more important are the people who navigate the road to greater possibilities with you. I am grateful for our organisation’s remarkable leadership, and profound thanks to our Group Executive Director/Group Chief Risk Officer @adenikefajemirokun who drives my Office oversight portfolio, and the risks across our organisation, always ensuring that no stone is left unturned."

Dangote is not known for his social media presence, making this post all the more intriguing for his over 400,000 followers.

Dangote refinery operation

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Dangote Refinery, which covers an area of 2,635 hectares, is expected to deliver a surplus of about 38 million litres of petrol, diesel, kerosene, and aviation.

Therefore, it will meet the country's 100% fuel supply requirement and position it as a major player in the global oil industry.

Data from the company also showed that the Dangote Refinery could support the establishment of 26,716 filling stations, create 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, and provide a $21 billion market for Nigerian crude oil annually.

Dangote speaks on benefits of his refinery to Nigeria's economy

Meanwhile, in another report, Aliko Dangote spoke on the positive impact of his new oil refinery on Nigeria's economy

The refinery, located in Lagos, is one of the largest in the world and is expected to be launched by President Muhammdu Buhari.

Some of the benefits expected from the refinery include export savings in manufacturing plastics and textiles, among others.

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