Chairman Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, says the $2 billion granulated urea fertiliser plant located at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, will begin operations this week.
He announced this in Lagos on Saturday, during a tour of facilities by the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lekki Free Trade Zone and Dangote petrochemical refinery facilities.
The billionaire businessman also disclosed that the refinery plant will be completed later this year and production will commence first quarter of 2022.
The fertiliser plant has a name-plate annual capacity of three million tons of urea and ammonia — the largest in the world.
It is also being constructed in the Lekki Free Trade Zone area which houses other plants and factories including the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery and Lekki Port.
This makes Nigeria the only exporting country in Sub-Saharan Africa, both the fertiliser and petrochemicals plants are capable of generating $2.5 billion annually.
Godwin Emeiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, had recently assured that arrangements are been made to enable the Dangote Refinery to sell refined petroleum products in naira when it commences production which will save foreign exchange for the country.