President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed Nigeria’s rising prominence as Africa’s fertilizer powerhouse to the implementation of the right policies by the present administration.
The president made this known today while receiving the Executive Committee of Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria, at the State House, Abuja.
The president said that this remarkable achievement in a very short period of time, had ensured a steady flow of investments to the sector from the private sector; bringing prosperity to millions of Nigerians and good returns to the investors.
He expressed delight that the era of persistent shortage of fertilizer in the country was now a thing of the past, commending the association for partnering with the government in the very patriotic backward integration project of enhancing the agricultural value chain.
The president used the occasion to recount steps taken by his administration to limit overreliance on imports, ensure the availability of the commodity and achieve self-sufficiency in food production in the country.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has commenced exportation of Urea-based fertilizer to the United States, India, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
The Executive Director, Strategy Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, disclosed this when the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed led a team of journalists on a working tour of Dangote Fertilizer Plant in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the minister and his team also took a tour of the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals also located at the Free Trade Zone of Lagos State in Ibeju Lekki.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on March 22 inaugurated the Dangote Fertilizer Plant which is Africa’s largest granulated Urea fertilizer complex to produce three million metric tons per annum in the first phase.
Speaking at a newly constructed jetty for the urea export, Devakumar Edwin said the Dangote Urea, made from natural gas is an export quality product with global standard, hence the demand for it in the global market.