John Mikel Obi, a former captain of Nigeria’s male national football team, the Super Eagles, has hinted on a possible collaboration between him and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
The former Lyn Oslo and Chelsea FC midfielder has revealed that he had a meeting with the businessman which, describing it as a remarkable outreach.
Mikel wrote on Tuesday:
Exceptional gratitude to Alhaji Aliko Dangote GCON! it was a remarkable outreach and a unique honour that you hosted my team and I. We had the opportunity to share our joint commitment to bettering lives and supporting dreams of the Nigerian Youth.
Recently, Mikel was appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a Youth Ambassador.
After his appointment, he had met with governor of Lagos State before meeting Dangote.
The midfielder said he had a “unique strategic engagement towards youth enablement and the advancement of sports in Lagos State with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
Mikel’s meeting with the business mogul comes as the Dangote refinery, Lagos, gets set for operations.
The Dangote refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) integrated refinery and petrochemical project under construction in the Lekki Free Zone near Lagos, Nigeria.
It is expected to be the Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility, upon completion.
Dangote Oil Refinery, a company owned by the Nigeria-based Dangote Group, is developing the project with an estimated investment of $12bn.
The Dangote refinery will process a variety of light and medium grades of crude to produce Euro-V quality clean fuels including gasoline and diesel as well as jet fuel and polypropylene.
The integrated refinery and petrochemical project is expected to generate 9,500 direct and 25,000 indirect jobs.