President Muhammadu Buhari, today in Lagos, Nigeria, commissioned Dangote’s fertilizer plant with a capacity of three million metric tonnes. 

The Big Picture 
Dangote’s fertilizer plant, which is the biggest in Africa and second largest in the world, is estimated to produce three million metric tonnes of urea per year. This figure would add to West Africa’s 3.1 million tons at a time when the world fertilizer supply is low due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

What they are saying 
President Muhammadu Buhari, at the commissioning, said the fertilizer plant aligns with his administration’s goal of being a self-sufficient food producing nation. Aliko Dangote said that the plant would reduce the 32.5% unemployment rate in the country.

Urea produced from the plant would improve Africa’s contribution to the growth of global crop nutrients. Nigeria gains from the foreign-exchange resulting from the exportation of the plant’s urea. Other projected benefits are a reduction in unemployment rate in Nigeria and achieving the country’s goal of food sufficiency. 

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