What Joe Igbokwe Said After Dangote Said He Couldn’t Keep His Money Abroad Like Other Rich Nigerians
Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State on matters relating to Drainages and Water Resources, Joe Igbokwe, has taken to his official Facebook handle to praise African richest man and Nigeria’s businessman, Aliko Dangote over his recent statement showing his love and patriotism for his people and country.
On Tuesday, 31st August 2021, the Nigerian business mogul stated clearly that he is not going to hide his money in foreign banks which is typical of his fellow countrymen and women. He added that he can’t just do this against his country of birth saying investing his money in the Nigerian economy is why he is still living.
Sharing part of what the Nigerian businessman said in a recent interview through a Twitter account, Joe Igbokwe quoted Dangote as saying, “I could have decided to keep my money abroad & sit back for yielded interest like many of my friends in Nigeria are doing, but I can’t just. Doing these things is why I’m living.” Igbokwe stated that the Nigerian businessman thinks in terms of others.
Dangote had yesterday at an exclusive interview with Arise TV titled spoke extensively on his vision and mission for the country especially on his ongoing Lagos Refinery which is near completion. In the exclusive interview titled, “Fuelling Nigeria’s future: The World’s biggest refinery”, said he was inspired by what happened in India where entrepreneurs and government collaborated, ventured into oil and gas and in the process, they created about 500 million barrels of refined oil per day.
He added that India is a country that does not have oil when compared to Nigeria. Comparing the South Asian country, the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of Dangote Group said Nigeria that is currently sitting on over 2.4million barrels of oil refines nothing.
The Nigerian business magnate lamented on how a country with over 200 million people would be importing every item rather than producing.
Speaking further, the African richest man said if one visits a lot of villages in Nigeria, one would see that filling stations are not working, adding that the reason for this is that the petroleum products in the country are from hand to hand.
Dangote, whose Lagos oil refinery will soon commence operation, said he felt challenged after he discovered the almost non-availability of petroleum products in the rural areas and decided to take it upon himself to address the situation.
The Dangote integrated oil refinery project currently under construction in Lekki area of Lagos has a capacity to produce 650,000 barrels per day when completed. Expected to be African’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s single train facility, it currently employs about 40,000 workers; 75% Nigerians and 25% foreigners who are mostly expatriates. It is projected to add 10,000 more workers when operation fully starts.