In response to recent online reports claiming that Dangote Refinery employed 11,000 skilled workers from India, while allegedly overlooking Nigerian and African youths, the management of Dangote Refinery has refuted the claims. According to the company, the reports were misleading and driven by malicious intent, as they failed to represent the accurate number of skilled Nigerian workers on-site.
The Group’s Chief Branding & Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, addressed the issue, asserting that the published report did not paint a true picture of the skilled workforce at the refinery. Chiejina emphasized that the scale and complexity of the project necessitated the involvement of specialized skilled professionals from all around the world. While acknowledging the employment of 6,400 Indian and 3,250 Chinese workers during the peak of construction, he highlighted that over 30,000 Nigerians were actively engaged among the skilled workforce.
In his statement, Chiejina commended the Nigerian workers for demonstrating a high level of technical competence, and he highlighted that the project provided a platform for discovering numerous hidden talents and skills among the local workforce. This discovery of untapped potential bodes well for the country’s development and showcases the capabilities of Nigerian youths in contributing to large-scale projects.
He further urged the public to disregard the misleading and twisted reports, emphasizing that the primary focus should be on recognizing the potential impact of the Dangote Refinery project on Nigeria’s economy and the well-being of its citizens. Dangote Group, known for its commitment to employment generation, continues to be a leading light in contributing to the nation’s workforce and economic growth.
The Dangote Refinery, one of Africa’s largest industrial projects, has been instrumental in driving job creation and boosting local technical expertise. As the refinery nears completion, it is expected to significantly reduce Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products, enhance the country’s refining capabilities, and contribute to the overall development of the region.
The management of Dangote Refinery reassures Nigerians that the company remains dedicated to engaging local talents and fostering the development of indigenous skills. With the refinery’s operations poised to commence soon, the project is poised to leave a lasting and positive impact on the nation’s economy, empowering its people and positioning Nigeria as a major player in the global oil and gas industry.
As the refinery prepares to become fully operational, the focus shifts to reaping the benefits of this ambitious project and utilizing the expertise of skilled Nigerian workers to ensure the country’s energy security and economic prosperity for years to come.