Billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, has concluded plans to build a N300 billion fertiliser plant in Agenebode, Edo State.
Dangote, who is Africa's richest man, made the disclosure, on Monday, at a reception in Benin City to mark the 2nd term inauguration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He said the company, when built, will employ more than ten thousand people directly and indirectly.
“Comrade Oshiomhole has delivered on road, infrastructure, but now he’s going to deliver on job creation,” Dangote said.
“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.”
The industrialist said that the project is planned to commence in December or January 2013, adding that it will be completed in three years.
By “December or January, next year, we will perform the groundbreaking ceremony in Edo State,” he said. “I am reassuring you, in the presence of everybody, that in the next three years, Edo State will be exporting fertilizer from here to other parts of Africa.”