Buhari did not commission 650,000 bpd Dangote Refinery project, says Spokesperson

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Dangote Group has debunked reports that President Muhammadu Buhari during his official two-day visit to Lagos commissioned the 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) Dangote refinery project.

Online news had reported that the Dangote refinery was to commence operations on January 24, 2023.

In a swift response, the spokesperson who is also the Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Anthony Chiejina, in a signed statement said: “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 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 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.”

He disclosed that the refinery would be commissioned before Buhari formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.

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