By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Dangote Industries Limited has said its refinery project was never part of programmes marked for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari during his two-day working visit to Lagos State.
This was contained in a statement issued by the company’s Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Anthony Chiejina, on Tuesday.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to some misleading reports regarding the commissioning of our Dangote Refinery during the present working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to Lagos State.
“We want to state categorically that our 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) Refinery project was never part of the President’s programme on projects to be commissioned.
“For the record, the projects slated for commissioning in Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, include Lekki Deep Sea Port; 32-Metric Tonnes Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction Express road; John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Onikan; Blue Line Rail (Phase 1) commissioning (Marina to Mile 2); Groundbreaking for the Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko), and MRS Lubricant, a private project in Apapa.
“However, our Refinery will be commissioned before President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.”