Friday, September 30, 2022

Dangote to save Nigeria $9 billion annually: AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina

Mr Adesina noted that the projects could address Nigeria’s foreign exchange deficits and save about $9 billion yearly from petroleum products imports.

• January 24, 2022

African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has described the Dangote refinery and fertiliser plants as projects that would positively affect Africa’s economic growth and development.

Mr Adesina noted that the projects could address Nigeria’s foreign exchange deficits and save about $9 billion yearly from petroleum products imports.

Mr Adesina made the assertion on Sunday in a statement from his tour of the Dangote facilities over the weekend.

He said the project, far beyond the expectations of his team, was the best industrialised project to happen to Africa.

“One of the things I admire the most about Alhaji Dangote is that he actually believes in Nigeria and Africa and invests his money in Nigeria and Africa,” he added. “Dangote is quite an inspirational and visionary business leader, and for anybody to have done what I have seen here, I think that person deserves world-class kudos for that… I see a company that I will proudly call Africa’s growth accelerator company.”

He also mentioned that AfDB “see an acceleration of how to reduce imports, have an outbound on export; a value chain development and how to compete regionally and globally.

“I am completely blown away with what I saw here today as this project will reverse the huge sum the nation spends on foreign exchange,” the AfDB president explained. “When you look at how much we import, it is about $57 billion worth of different products, and we export only about $50.4 billion, so we have to balance that with about $7 billion.”

He further noted that “talking to them here, they showed us that they can have a domestic market of about $11 billion, and that is an incredible market.”

“So this is huge for Nigeria and even for Africa as a continent,” said Mr Adesina.

On the fertiliser complex, Mr Adesina noted that the three million metric tons of urea would make Nigeria totally self-sufficient and become a net exporter of fertilisers.

“It will drive productivity growth in Nigeria, prices will come down, and the quality will also improve,” he stated.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette


Sanwo-Olu bans MC Oluomo’s rival transport union RTEAN in Lagos 

He added that suspension became necessary to prevent further acts of violence within the state.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin

Hot news Home top

Police arrest 22 suspects over Lagos motor park violence

The crisis erupted over control of the new park created under the Bridge at Iyana-Oba, Ojo area.


Iranian government arrests journalist, cracks down on protesters

Security forces used live ammunition, shotgun pellets and other metal projectiles, Amnesty said.


Kanu Heart Foundation conducts free heart screening in Enugu

Kanu said that the foundation was using the day to create awareness on the prevention and treatment of heart-related problems.


Civil Defence confiscates 21,600 litres of stolen petrol in Badagry

“The products were kept in barges…with the motive to reload them all into a boat and proceed on their journey to the Republic of Benin.”



Pilgrimage absconder arrested upon return to Nigeria

Mr Ezekiel was among the six pilgrims who absconded in Israel during the 2019 Easter Pilgrimage.