The managing director of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Abdullahi Sule, has reiterated the company’s commitment to maintaining safety, in line with international best practices.
Sule, who made the assertion Wednesday, during the commissioning of Dangote Sugar Refinery N20 million cloak room in Lagos, said the factory as part of requirements for obtaining the full safety management system certification this year, was improving on its hygiene and safety standards. The company obtained its International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification in 2010.
Dangote Sugar Refinery Company Plc which commenced operations as a sugar refiner in March 2000, was commissioned in 2001, with an initial capacity of 600,000 metric tonnes per annum, making it one of the largest refineries in the world with a capacity of 1.44 million metric tonnes per annum.
‘‘Since the factory was built, we have been using a distribution of cloak rooms scattered around the factory. But part of improving our hygiene and meeting safety standards, is to ensure that we keep the cloak room far away from the factory, and this is what we have just achieved today,’’ Sule said.
Our findings further show that the facility, prior to completion has been in the pipeline for over ten years, due to the issue of space. Reacting to this, Sule said, ‘‘This factory being the second largest refinery, is a huge one, but what we lack is space. We had to resort to demolishing existing structures, even after that, we didn’t have enough space, and we had to go round, and start thinking to come up with this state-of-the-art facility.’’
The deputy general manager, human resources and administration, Murtala Zubair, said the facility which has two floors, with about 504 lockers, has been allocated to individuals, noting that the facility will go a long way in improving staff working conditions.