Dangote wants oil prices to remain low

Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said at the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he was praying for the global crude oil prices to remain low for a longer period to enable resource-rich countries turn to other sectors to grow their economies.

Mr. Dangote was speaking with investors who participated in the high level business leaders and international diplomats meeting organised by the Corporate Council for Africa at the headquarters of global law firm, Shearman and Sterling LLC.

Mr. Dangote and Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, who discussed on Africa’s opportunities and challenges, underscored the ongoing movement to diversify African economies.

For Nigeria, reputed to be Africa’s largest economy, Mr. Dangote said his prayer was for oil prices to continue to remain low.

“This helps wean us off the dependency on revenues from petroleum. We must take oil to be the icing on the cake. We already have the cake – agriculture, agriculture, agriculture. Africa will become the food basket of the world,” he said.

Besides Nigeria’s vast mineral resources and gas, he stressed the need to manufacture more goods locally for domestic consumption.

He joined President Kagame to emphasise the need for heavy investments in education, particularly for young people to be well-trained for the jobs of tomorrow.

Although the Dangote Group president predicted that “five of the 12 million jobs needed in Africa soon must be created in Nigeria,” he said this would only be realized if they were trained.

Mr. Dangote’s business fortune, which comes from cement, sugar, and other household commodities, has expanded into fertilizer and other processed high-value goods.

“Technology of course helps us a lot and our factories are state of the art with the use of robotics but we shouldn’t be overly tech oriented to create wealth,” he told the investors.

Often cited as one of the most inspiring business leaders in the world today and a model for young entrepreneurs, Mr. Dangote advised Americans who tend to rely on outdated news and wrong perceptions of Africa, “not to be lazy.”

“Go there (Africa) and find out the real story for yourself. Things have changed,” he said

He noted the Rwanda success story, where he has business interests, as an example of the positive change, good governance and leadership; where corruption has been cured.

Citing a personal experience of offering a $100 U.S. tip for services at the Kigali Airport to staff who refused to take money for work they were paid to do.

President Kagame was praised for delivering the environment for growth he promised. “There is nothing African about corruption,” the Rwandan president added.

The session was moderated by Rosa Whitaker, former US Trade Representative and author of the AGOA (African Growth Opportunity Act), whose business consultancy is credited for helping both African governments and US companies develop commerce.


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  • musa aliyu

    Make una no listen to this man. His refinery is soon coming on stream he wants to get it cheap and sell to us exorbitantly.

    • Guest

      You sir think with your ass!

    • Ezekiel

      Na lie.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      God bless you. You see through his deception. Dont mind those who insulted you. They have no foresight.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      God bless you. You see through his deception. Dont mind those who insulted you for they have no foresight.

  • Lakeside

    This man Dangote is a great Nigerian and a great African. For him to have cement factories in 17 African countries is phenomenon.

    • thusspokez

      The traditional African praise singers are online too. This is progress and glory be to God-o!

      • Lakeside

        Hate is free and that is why haters are always around. Keep up with it buddy.

        • thusspokez

          You are cheapening the traditional African praise singing profession by doing it here for free — not even for a bowl of rice and fried chicken and a cup of palmwine. Shame on you for giving away on the cheap a great African tradition of thousands years old!

          • Lakeside

            You can’t even keep it simple. You don’t know how to summarize? Na wah oh.

          • thusspokez

            You can’t even keep it simple. You don’t know how to summarize? Na wah oh.

            Where do you think you are? A summarising forum or a discussion forum?

  • thusspokez

    Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, said at the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he was praying for the global crude oil prices to remain low for a longer period to enable resource-rich countries turn to other sectors to grow their economies.

    I can understand his reasoning but would Plato‘s ”Necessity is the mother of invention” galvanise Nigerians to take actions to make positive change? I know not!

    Meanwhile, somewhere in the Sokoto desert, the Nigerian government is prospecting for massive oil find!