Leaders of trade unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress that are affiliates of Industrial Global Union have called on the Federal Government to give all the support needed to ensure timely completion of the Dangote refinery.

Dangote Industries Limited, in a statement, said the labour leaders made the call during a visit to the project site.

The President of National Union of Chemical Rubber Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees, Mr Babatunde Olatunji, commended Aliko Dangote for the investment.

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Olatunji, who is the Auditor of the NLC and Chairman of the Nigerian Council of Industrial Global Union, disclosed that the union had recommended Alhaji Aliko Dangote for the award of Industrial Development Ambassador by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

According to him, the visit to the refinery was in tandem with the industrial development sustainability goal of the global union.

He said, “To our amazement, we couldn’t move round the whole of the refinery and the fertiliser sites because of the huge size, which is eight times bigger than the present Victoria Island.

“Upon completion, the refinery alone is capable of employing directly 300,000 workers while the fertiliser will attract about 5000 direct jobs. This is highly welcome in view of the present jobs depleting economy of Nigeria.

“With the present policies and efforts towards the diversification of Nigeria’s economy, the fertiliser plant shall encourage and enhance agricultural sector in no small measure as there shall be massive food production while cash crops shall equally constitute raw materials for our manufacturing sector and for exportation.”

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