By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—THE groundbreaking ceremony of a $2 billion (about N300 billion ) fertilizer plant, the biggest in Africa, which will be sited in Agenebode, Edo State, will be done before the end of January, next year, President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said.
Disclosing this at a reception in Benin City, Monday, as part of activities to mark the 2nd term inauguration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Alhaji Dangote said arrangements had been concluded for the ceremony this December or before the end of January 2013.
He said the fertilizer plant was expected to be the biggest in the country.
Alhaji Dangote, listed by Forbes magazine as Africa’s richest man, said the company, which is expected to employ more than 10,000 people directly and indirectly, will be completed in three years.
He said: “Yes we will build the biggest fertilizer plant in Africa here in Edo State. Comrade Oshiomhole has delivered on road, infrastructure, but now he’s going to deliver on job creation.
“We will partner with him to make sure he gives us a conducive environment to create jobs here in Edo State .
“He has already mentioned that we will set up a fertiliser plant here in Edo State. I am sure he wants me to reaffirm that. Yes, we will build the biggest fertilizer plant in Africa here in Edo State.
“It is a commitment and I am reassuring you, your excellency, by this year, either in December of January, next year, we will perform the groundbreaking ceremony in Edo State . It will be at a cost of $2 billion.”