The United States Trade and Development Agency has on Thursday signed a training grant agreement with Dangote Oil Refining Company to develop the critical human resources necessary to operate and maintain a Greenfield petroleum refinery.

The refinery, owned by the Dangote Group, is located in the Lekki area of Lagos state.

A statement by the United States Embassy in Lagos noted that the USTDA grant will fund a multi-year program to train over 100 Dangote company staff on refinery fundamentals.

USTDA Deputy Director, Enoh T. Ebong, signed the grant agreement along with Chairman / Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, in Lagos.

“USTDA is pleased to support the Dangote Oil Refining Company’s efforts to increase Nigeria’s domestic refining capacity. This program builds upon USTDA’s long history of support for vital infrastructure development in Nigeria,” Ms. Ebong said.

Acting United States Consul General, Dehab Ghebreab, explained that the USTDA’s support for the project is an example of the strength and depth of the U.S.-Nigeria bilateral relationship, adding that it will go a long way in laying a ground work for monumental growth in the country.

Source: All Africa