...By Larry John for TDPel Media.
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, recently disclosed that he faced numerous challenges that almost led him to abandon the refinery project.
However, during the commissioning of the refinery project in Lagos, he acknowledged the encouragement he received from certain individuals and how their support made the world’s largest single-train refinery a reality.
Dangote attributed his desire to enter the petroleum sector to two decades ago and expressed gratitude to the many parties and individuals who contributed to the success of the refinery project.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Support:
Dangote specifically recognized President Muhammadu Buhari as a significant source of motivation and strength.
He acknowledged that Buhari’s unwavering confidence and reassuring words played a crucial role in keeping him determined during challenging times.
Dangote expressed deep gratitude to the President for his support over the past eight years, which had been personally instrumental in his journey.
Appreciation for Lagos State Governments:
Dangote also extended his appreciation to the successive governments of Lagos State, starting from the era of President-elect Bola Tinubu to the incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
He commended the state government for consistently displaying a keen interest in creating an investment-friendly environment.
According to Dangote, those who consider Lagos their home can attest to the exceptional commitment and support the Lagos State government has shown towards the private sector.
Lagos State’s Investment-Friendly Climate:
Dangote highlighted the efforts made by Lagos State governments in fostering an investment-friendly climate.
He specifically mentioned the establishment of the Lekki Free Zone during the tenure of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a significant milestone.
Dangote further praised incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his proactive approach in ensuring the successful execution of the refinery project.
He expressed gratitude to the Lagos State government and its successive governors for consistently facilitating an enabling business environment, which enabled Dangote Group to invest over $30 billion in various industries within the state economy.
Aliko Dangote’s journey towards the refinery project was fraught with challenges that often tempted him to give up.
However, through the support and encouragement he received from President Muhammadu Buhari and various Lagos State governments, Dangote persevered and turned his vision into reality.
The commissioning of the world’s largest single-train refinery stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of numerous parties and individuals who contributed to the project’s success.
Dangote expressed heartfelt gratitude to all those who played a part in creating an investment-friendly climate and facilitating the realization of this groundbreaking venture.