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“Nigeria to End Fuel Importation by June” – Dangote

 

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest individual and Chairman of the Dangote Group, made a groundbreaking announcement at the Africa CEO Forum Annual Summit in Kigali. He declared that Nigeria is poised to halt gasoline imports starting next month, thanks to the strategic plans of the Dangote Refinery.

 

Dangote expressed confidence that his refinery’s capacity can cater to West Africa’s petrol and diesel requirements, along with fulfilling the continent’s aviation fuel demands. His remarks shed light on the transformative potential of Africa’s energy sector.

 

“In the next four or five weeks, Nigeria shouldn’t import anything like gasoline; not one drop of a litre,” Dangote asserted, highlighting the imminent shift towards self-sufficiency in fuel production.

 

He outlined the strides made by his company to bolster Africa’s energy independence, emphasizing the refinery’s capability to meet regional and international demands. Dangote’s vision extends beyond petroleum products, as he envisions Africa becoming self-reliant in various sectors, including fertilizer production.

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Dangote’s optimism stems from the recent achievements of the refinery, which commenced operations in February. He emphasized the need for Africa to transition from raw material exporters to producers of finished goods, a move that would create job opportunities and foster economic growth.

 

Acknowledging the challenges encountered during the refinery’s construction, Dangote highlighted the resistance from stakeholders accustomed to the status quo. Despite skepticism, the Dangote Group remained steadfast in its commitment to revolutionize Africa’s energy landscape.

 

However, Dangote cautioned against policy inconsistency, urging African leaders to prioritize regulatory frameworks conducive to business growth. He emphasized the importance of fostering an environment that facilitates intra-African trade and encourages investment in key sectors.

 

Dangote’s ambitious vision signals a paradigm shift in Africa’s energy dynamics, offering hope for greater economic autonomy and prosperity across the continent.

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