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How Does The Dangote Refinery Affect You? By Reno Omokri

Jan 27, 2024

 

The principal reason why the Naira is depreciated is because our legal tender is now being floated. No longer are we wasting $1.5 billion a month artificially defending the Naira. The country’s currency is currently responding to the laws of demand and supply.

This means that the more foreign goods and services Nigeria imports and the less of our own goods and services we export, the more the downward pressure on the Naira.

Now, what is igeria’s single biggest import? Fuel. We spend an average of $10 billion importing refined petroleum products. That is $10 billion that weakens the Naira and strengthens the Euro (because we primarily import fuel from Europe).

However, now that the Dangote Refinery, along with the revamped Port Harcourt Refinery, are poised to meet our local production needs in fuel and even surpass them, thereby making Nigeria a potential fuel exporter, that $10 billion pressure on the Naira will disappear.

The first impact of this will be that the Naira will stabilise, and then appreciate. That is how the Dangote Refinery will impact you.

Then, beyond that, the organised private sector, who used to rely on overpriced diesel to power their manufacturing plants and telecommunications masts and equipment, will now have access to made in Nigeria affordable diesel and aviation fuel. To stay competitive, they will have to reflect the reduced costs in their pricing. That means you, the consumer, will soon start paying slightly less for made-in-Nigeria goods and services.

Finally, the perennial fuel scarcity Nigeria faces now and then will become a thing of the past. This means that instead of wasting valuable man-hours in fuel stations, you can buy petrol and diesel at your convenience and go on your way to work. The immediate effect of this would be that our Gross Domestic Product will increase, which will reduce headline inflation and unemployment.

That is why the Dangote Refinery is a big deal. And that is also why certain unpatriotic media, like Arise Peoples Party, are doing all they can to undermine this good news for Nigeria. Because if Nigeria progresses, they can no longer sell the failed religious war-mongering Presidential candidate who has infiltrated their station and now uses it to further

his political agenda.

Did they and their social media agents not tell you that the Dangote Refinery is a scam? Did they not also misinform you about the viability of the Port Harcourt Refinery? Now, both projects are full steam ahead. Nigeria is winning. That is why they are whining. Leave those Gbajue people and win with Nigeria!

Reno Omokri

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