Africa’s Richest man, Aliko Dangote, launches the world’s largest single refinery on Monday, 22nd May, 2023, in the Lekki area of Lagos state, Nigeria.

The single-train refinery, with a capacity of producing 650,000 barrels of oil per day, was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari and other African Presidents.

It is expected that the refinery, would alter the international energy landscape and sanitize the country’s petroleum sector by ending the smuggling of imported petrol into the country.

Presently, 80 percent of fuel in Africa, from Cape Town to Dakar and other parts of the continent, is imported.

Dignitries expected at the historic event are; President of Togo, Gnassingbé Eyadéma; Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo; Senegal, Macky Sall; Niger Republic, Mohamed Bazoum; and Chad, Mahamat Déby.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who was not physically present, gave his goodwill message virtually. 

Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s administration as the Governor of Lagos, in 2002, floated the Free Trade Zone in Ibeju-Lekki, where the refinery is located, is also gracing the event.

Story: Ralia Adama


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