Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Devakumar Edwin, made this disclosure during the tour of Dangote Refinery by members of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), yesterday in Lagos.
Edwin also disclosed the intention to train 900 Nigerian engineers in India for the company. Edwin noted that the Group has embarked on an integrated refinery and petrochemical project, considered as the biggest industrial complex in Africa, which can be expected to take Nigeria to new heights throughout the transformation of the economy.
He added that the company so far has employed 3,580 Nigerian personnel excluding employment from contractors and subcontractors in the site, According to him, the company is currently partnering in the skills development of the community for the job at the building site with Siemens and the Lagos State authorities.
“We’ve trained and used 250 artisans,” he added. Petrochemical and Dangote Refinery have so far awarded $368 million worth of contracts to 120 local contractors to the content development initiative of Nigeria as part of its contribution.
He said: “The organization has completed the overseas training of first and second batches of Nigerian engineers and are being acclimatized at the site. The third batch left for India classroom training for a single month, on the job training for a year and functioning in real time together with specialists in the industry daily.”
He said there are Nigerian content chances in the company’s refinery and petrochemical project, including that the refinery would result in technology acquisition opportunities and significant skills transfer.