After a visit through the Ibeju Lekki Free Trade Zone, Sujibomi Ogundele Praises Aliko Dangote
“Suji my child, you should follow me some place, I need to take your breath away and fourfold your vision”.
This was a message I got from my regal dad, the Ooni of Ife, HRH Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II. I needed to leave all that I was doing, and advance toward Ibeju Lekki Free Trade Zone where Dangote has changed the horizon as well as changed the social and monetary worth of the area, making it the new Lagos for all modern and business openings.
It was a monotonous encounter making a trip to an area that ought to usually take us 40 minutes, however we needed to go through 1hour 30 minutes because of the unavoidable traffic on that course. Notwithstanding, I was shocked by the degree of advancement that has unfurled around there and I should see the value in the Lagos State government for the social and monetary insurgency of the Lekki Aja zone.
I appreciated the outing which was loaded up with various intriguing scenes, one of such is seeing side of the road sellers, who helped me to remember my days, peddling in the South of France, and the perpetual euphoria when one at long last makes that one deal. I saw one vendor with a container of Gala carefully adjusted on his head. I purchased the entire box from him, not on the grounds that I love affair however as an approach to see the value in his persistent effort and carry happiness to the substance of a man who needs it the most.
We showed up Ibeju and I couldn’t yet stop to see the value in the tremendousness of the undertaking, the energy of individuals, and the humongous labor. This was a spot I had visited in 2016 with my companion Sulaimon Sanni Bello, and it was a straightforward desert land, everything you could see at that point were numerous heaps, trees, and a non-thorough marsh being sand-filled. Today seemingly a fantasy has become a reality.
Getting to the door where my name was at that point enlisted, a Hilux truck that was at that point hanging tight for us took us to Chief Edwin’s Office Wing, and we were introduced.
I went straight, prostrated, and gave recognition to my most revered human – my King and tutor, Kabi o osi, Ooni of Ife, Ojaja-II, HRH Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the principal child of Oduduwa.
“Boss Edwin, meet my first child, the main extravagance land head honcho. He fabricates high rises in Ikoyi and Banana Island. He has upset everything unremarkable around there. I have a ton of them, my fantasy and vision is to move and rouse the incredible young people of our country”.
I welcomed everybody situated, the CFO Femi Kolade, the MD Guiseppe Surace, the stunning GM Egbon Yinka Akande, Kabiyesi’s companion and accomplice Rotimi Osobe, and my excellent aburo and companion Landwey – Olawale Ayilara. It was a fantastic encounter where we talked about the unselfishness of the undertaking, the vision, the motivations, and the difficulties.
Kabiyesi said; “I know 24hours won’t be sufficient to circumvent this 140 kilometer project however we should begin”.
I have gone all throughout the planet and visited various mechanical stops yet never have I seen something this enormous – a city around there, a bog changed to multiple times the size of Victoria Island, and this is the reason my King said it’s putting it mildly to call the Dangote Refinery in Ibeju Lekki a city, we will name it a Nation!
Solidly fenced around roughly 3500 hectares of land, the biggest single line treatment facility on the planet creating 650,000 barrels per day! As per Chief Edwin; “The current world biggest produces 420,000 barrels every day, what we have is half greater than the greatest”. A 3-in-one modern park where they refine oil and petrochemical items, and furthermore the greatest and biggest maker of manures in Nigeria as well as the entire of Africa with a yearly limit of 3 million tons.
I have lamentably been among some huge and powerful individuals, who pitch fits and remarks about the Dangote Refinery dream. One said ”Dangote ought to have stayed in concrete, he has placed his hand into what will swallow him, that undertaking won’t ever happened”. Today the 22 billion dollar project is 90% finished. Here and there, don’t censure individuals for their failure to absorb your vision, since it’s simply restricted to the limit of their creative mind. I’m certain this man today will swallow his words when the plant opens in couple of months Q1 2022, and the compost which is half finished will begin its first business deal this long stretch of May 2021.
I’m sharing this as a motivation for myself and for our age that if Dangote can do it, we too can do it! In a country where many see disasters, how about we see openings! We should change our outrage into a strive after advancement and together change our country.
In 2007, Dangote moved toward the public authority to purchase the Port Harcourt processing plant, he paid and some way or another the arrangement was baffled. He was crushed however what resembled a failure is presently a gift! Today, under 20 years after the fact, Dangote is assembling and has nearly finished an undertaking that is multiple times greater than what he suspected was a mistake.
Boss Edwin, the brainbox, and Giussepe the MD of the task described with a staggering enthusiasm the vision and the venture, for over 2 hours. We were unable to complete the visit through the manure plant with a 3,000,000 ton limit. We additionally discovered that Nigeria burns-through 750,000 tons yearly and Brazil their greatest market burns-through 8,000,000 metric tons. The exercise I realized which is vital is this; Chief Edwin caused us to comprehend the cultivating area of this country has not yet bridled up to 10% of its actual potential. We went on with Giussepe, energetically clarifying the specialized information, numbers, and words, in his Italian inflection, just enthusiastically communicating the tremendous idea of the venture.
A task which has required around 4 years to finish. It is as yet a puzzle how is it possible that one would man amass a group of more than 15,000 ostracizes, developing around 50,000 homes in 9 months, 2500 development gear (making him the biggest development organization in the country, greater than JB), 350 Cranes, building 20 control spaces for 20 activities, assembled in 5 significant ventures, making it the biggest modern center in Africa.
A 5 billion stockpiling limit of oil item (which is multiple times the limit of all the tank cultivates in Ibafo and the entire of Nigeria); a force plant creating a joined limit of 500 megawatts; a business that is utilizing more than 200,000 talented and untalented individuals day by day, Dangote is an enterprising BEAST!
We passed through the 86 siphon station for big hauler trucks, a mechanized station that fills each truck quickly. At its maximum capacity, it ought to scatter around 198,000 liters of fuel every day, a productive and celebrated venture in sub-Saharan Africa.
We went on a break to eat, a wonderful combination of around 12 dishes from African combination to the pasta of Italy. I moved my sleeves to the hot Amala and Egusi with new goat meat. I couldn’t have cared less about smudging my white shirt, it was pretty much as heavenly as my involvement with the Uber undertaking of 140-kilometer street organization (Phase1), which is practically similar to going from Lagos to Ibadan. It is Huge!
We completed the process of eating and got on the transport again and Giuseppe-the MD of the task, took us on another 3hours visit. The Italian-conceived who has been in Nigeria for just about 20 years appreciated taking us on the visit and giving us everything about, he has accomplished in excess of multiple times. At each intersection, he will pause and give us a talk on the task, the vision, the difficulties, and how they conquered them, (Kabiyesi, this spot you stand currently was a bog, we sand-filled 65 million cubic meters of sand bringing 3 dredgers – 2 of them were the biggest dredger at any point worked on the planet).
“After sand-filling around 65 million cubic meters, we needed to do an establishment of roughly 200,000 heaps, stacking 350 heaps per day, a complete expense of more than 300 million dollars. We were baffled and needed to do numerous things ourselves to comply with time constraints. We set up our bunching plant conveying 30,000m3 clustering limit consistently, utilizing around 1000 Tipper trucks, and today we have accomplished more than 2.5 million m3 of Concrete”. A similar measure of cement expected to assemble the Burj Khalifa.
Kabiyesi Oonirisa, Oba Olu Itori, and everybody was so puzzled and thought about how one man could consider this. Kabiyesi asked constantly questions, specialized inquiries that on the off chance that I didn’t have any acquaintance with him, I would have thought he had done a treatment facility project previously. Everybody was left in amazement each time the Oonirisa posed an inquiry or added to the discussion.
It was an extraordinary encounter, a stunner, and an exercise for any business visionary on earth. One of the exercises I adapted additionally was that Dangote needed to fabricate his own port, due to legitimate need and direness. Apapa port limit couldn’t uphold Dangote’s gear which is 3 to 8000 tons, with the greatest single steel item on the planet, weighing 3,000 tons. Now and again, your area and climate ought not be sufficient to swallow your vision.
The alleged Miniport isn’t smaller than normal in any way, it has a weight limit multiple times that of Apapa. In spite of the fact that restricted in size, it can in any case deal with roughly 500 compartments day by day. It’s little however Mighty! On the off chance that I were the NPA, I will promptly facilitate the Apapa effectively over-blocked port and redirect a few boats to the Dangote port.
The undisputed multiple times Africa’s most extravagant man never dozes and is consistently dynamic and inviting when we show up in his home. I have been here for a very long time, I love it here! I return home, rest, off to work, and commonly out of the country, you can’t be dozing when you have a particularly humongous task within reach, particularly in a fairly extreme landscape that is generally new to us.
Alhaji came outside to let us in, he bowed in good tidings to the Oonirisa and invited us to his home with tasty ginger tea and new nectar. We were facilitated by his associate Sam, who in every case obligingly gave us what we required prior to inquiring.
“The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “Private area”, thank you for welcoming us to your home. Alhaji, meet my first child, Sujimoto… .”
“Oooo I know Suji na, he’s the extravagance high rise man, keep doing awesome…
“Alhaji, we have come to favor and like you as a child of Africa who has done right by us, for more than 40 years! You have been steady, climbing like this your plane on the table. You have stood up to and faced the greatest conflicts and affected our economy! You have made dreaming a chance and enlivened numerous ages. We are appreciative to you and that is the reason I present to you this craftsmanship, as an image of riches and great wellbeing.”
May eleventh, 2021, will be a day I won’t ever forget in my life, really perhaps the greatest days of my life! A day that adjusted my viewpoint, expanded my vision, and reclassified my main goal on earth.
We left the area around 10:30 pm and I was unable to quit pondering my life, my vision, and my activities. I informed the Ooni concerning my Sujimoto Diamond City (SDC) – a brilliant city inside a city, where we will have around 16 high rises with the most limited one at 22 stories, 2 goliath Malls, 2 elite 5-star Hotels, Amusement Parks, Games, and Event focuses with a 25,000 vehicle leave limit, this excursion has truly roused me and redone my vision.
Business is tied in with encircle oneself with individuals, stories, and occasions that move the secret dreams in us. I shared the story on my TNL bunch where many appreciated and loved Dangote for his nervy venture. Some were being basic and I needed to enthusiastically address them, that it was a disgrace to possibly see the ‘opening’ when you are served a donut’. This is a venture of 22 billion dollars which will produce 27 billion yearly income, with a net revenue of 15 to 25%. In the event that this doesn’t drive you, I question anything will. In the event that anybody wasn’t entranced I was, as I even imagined about the venture again the previous evening.
This outing has instructed me that Fortune follows the Brave and life will possibly surrender to you in the event that you steadily pursue your fantasies.