THE management of Aliyu Dangote Group of Companies has assured Nigerians that by the time the Lekki refinery comes up on stream in 2019, it would eliminate over dependence on oil importation into the country.
Disclosing this in Kano State, the Executive Director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group of Companies, Mr Mansur Ahmed, during a media parley on Saturday at Royal Tropicana Hotel, said the refinery would produce about 650,000 barrels per day, adding that this would reduce huge amount of foreign exchange spent on fuel importation.
Ahmed disclosed that the company was determined to make sure that the refinery attained a remarkable standard when it comes to oil production in the world.
The company will service the country effectively, as well as export the product to Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ghana and other countries.
He disclosed that government is making plan to reduce importation of sugar into the county, while the company has made efforts to boost sugar production by making sure that farmers engage more in sugar cane production.
Ahmed said Dangote has secured the assistance of about 800 farmers in Jigawa State for sugar cane production promising that there is a plan to increase the members to 2000.
Also on the production, of rice , the director noted that there is an expectation that about 150, 000 hectare of land would be achieved in some states.