In a bid to support the Nigeria Content Development Initiative, Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical has awarded contracts worth $368 million to 120 local contractors.
The Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr. Devakumar Edwin disclosed the development during a tour of the Dangote Refinery by members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) in Lagos.
Edwin said there are several Nigerian content opportunities in the company’s refinery and petrochemical project. He noted that the refinery would lead to significant skills transfer and technology acquisition opportunities in the country.
According to Edwin, the group embarked on a landmark integrated refinery and petrochemical project regarded as the largest industrial complex in the history of Africa, which was expected to take Nigeria to new heights through the transformation of the economy.
He revealed that the company was already in partnership with the Lagos State Government and Siemens in the skills development of the local community for employment at the construction site.
The Group Executive Director said “we have already trained and employed 250 artisans”. He also added that “the company has completed the overseas training of first and second batches of Nigerian engineers and are being acclimatised at site. The third batch left for India classroom training for one month, on the job training for one year and working in real time with experts in the industry every day”.
Edwin said the company has employed about 3,580 Nigerian personnel on the site. He however said “this excludes employment by the various contractors and sub-contractors at the site”.
He disclosed that Dangote Refinery in partnership with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), commenced training for 200 youths in its host communities as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Edwin said the refinery would ensure local supply of petroleum products is guaranteed, as well as the availability of petrochemical feedstock (Poly-propylene & Polyethylene), which would be enough for the Nigerian market as well as neighbouring countries.