Gunfire has been reported during a protest at the Dangote Oil Refinery in the Lekki Free Trade Zone (Lagos state) on Tuesday morning, November 3. Company employees were holding a protest over salaries. Reports indicate one of the protesters has been shot by police.
According to information, the workers at the refinery have been for a week now protesting against harsh working conditions at the site of the ongoing construction site of the Dangote refinery. Some workers have also called on the management of the refinery to increase workers’ wages and salaries.
Dangote Refinery is an oil refinery owned by the Dangote Group that is situated on 6,180 acres (2,500 hectares) is under construction in Ibeju-Lekki, Free trade zone near Lagos Nigeria. The 650,000 barrels per day (BPD) capacity integrated refinery is the largest single-train refinery in the world and it is expected to be Africa’s biggest oil refinery.
The construction of the Dangote refinery which started in 2017 was initially announced to be commission in 2020, but the Dangote Group has announced that its refinery would be commissioned by the end of the first half in 2021. This is not the first time that construction workers at the Dangote refinery would down tools to protest against poor working conditions and poor pay. Such protests have contributed to the delay in the construction work.