Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest individual, proudly revealed his colossal $20.5 billion oil refinery in Nigeria in May 2023, a project long-awaited and seen as a major achievement in the nation’s energy sector.
Despite the acclaim, controversy surrounds Dangote’s decision to employ 11,000 Indian workers for the refinery, sparking public outrage in Nigeria over concerns about local job opportunities.
The Sub-Saharan African Skills and Apprenticeship Stakeholders Network offered an explanation for the choice of Indian workers, citing perceived deficiencies in the skills of Nigerian youth.
The refinery, which is the largest in Africa with a processing capacity of 650,000 barrels per day, is expected to bring about a reduction in petroleum prices and represents a pivotal moment in both Nigeria’s energy industry and Dangote’s ambitious ventures. However, the decision to hire Indian workers has cast a shadow over the otherwise celebrated project.