The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, paid a working visit to the Dangote Oil Refinery site, the largest single train petroleum refinery in the world. Speaking at the Lekki free trade Zone, in Lagos on Monday July 31, 2017, the honourable minister said, the government is ready to play its part as a responsible government to assist in making sure the project is completed before the scheduled date.
The minister who said he was overwhelmed by the dimension of the project explained that the present government had always believed that the private sector holds the ace in industrialization efforts of the government. He noted that that belief has been reinforced by what the Dangote Group is doing.
He said, It is good to say that private sector is the answer to Nigerian’s problems with a project as big as this. The challenge I will give you today is that of time, I see your time for completion is 2019 December but I am sure you will understand if I tell you that the refinery component of this project should come earlier than the set date. “I have made very firm commitment to Nigerians that I must stop the importation of petroleum products by 2019 and I am going to keep to it. It is absolutely important that we do this early and given the feat that we have achieved in terms of speed of construction and I urge you to do all within you to achieve its completion before the due date. “I am sure His Excellency President Buhari will be absolutely enthused if he were to find himself, not only crystalizing the policy position we have taken so far but also coming here himself to come and open a facility as big as this before the end of his first term. Whatever configurations your engineers have come up with, I urge that they go back to the drawing board and get me my refined products before your said date.” In his response to the government’s challenge, Dangote said he has accepted the challenge and would do all possible to achieve the feat.