Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, says Dangote Group’s refinery projects in Lagos will create 235,000 jobs upon completion.
Speaking during a visit to the Lekki free trade zone on Saturday, Ambode said the refinery, petrochemical, gas and fertilizer projects being undertaken by Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man would significantly boost the economy of Lagos and Nigeria in general.
Ambode said the refinery has a pipeline project that transfers crude from the Niger Delta to Lagos.
“Firstly, there is a refinery project that is ongoing, second there is a petrochemical project that is also ongoing,” he said.
“There is pipeline transfer project that brings gas from Bonny down to Olokonla and down to Lekki and then the fourth one is the fertilizer project all in one location.”
“The coming of the Vice President to inspect this project is instructive and a sign post that the Federal Government is in support of what is going on.
“The truth is this, we might not be able to show you all that is going on here but in another few weeks, we will do an aerial view of this project and also do a documentary because for the very first time we are going to have a Petrochemical project that is coming on stream by December 2017.
“A Refinery that is coming on stream by the first quarter of 2019 and also the gas project that is coming on stream by 2018. You can just imagine or visualize what that means to the economy of Lagos.”
He added that apart from the 135,000 direct jobs that will be created from the projects, another 100,000 indirect jobs would be generated while income accruable to the federal government would be in the region of over $500million in three years.