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Toronto, May 22, 2023


On the 22nd of May 2023, Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s most prominent entrepreneurs, inaugurated the Dangote Refinery in Lekki, Nigeria. This massive oil refinery, touted as the largest single-train refinery globally, is set to revolutionize Nigeria’s energy sector and boost the country’s economy. However, amidst the excitement, concerns about its impact on climate change loom large.

Environmental Concerns:

The Dangote Refinery, while being an economic game-changer, is also a significant emitter of greenhouse gases, posing a threat to our planet. It is estimated that the refinery will emit approximately 2.8 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to the emissions of 600,000 cars. Such emissions exacerbate the challenges of climate change, which is already a grave global concern.

The Leaking Boat Effect:

In my new book due to be published next month, June 2023, “The Threat To Earth: How Climate Change Has Become The Life And Death For Humanity,” I discuss an analogy called the leaking boat effect. The tale revolves around two merchants sailing across the ocean. When their boat collides with an iceberg, it begins to leak from both ends. While the rich merchant, well-prepared and equipped, manages to fix his end, the poor merchant, lacking resources, struggles to do the same.

As water steadily fills the boat, the poor merchant succumbs and drowns. Despite having secured his end, the rich merchant is not spared. The water level rises relentlessly until the entire boat is submerged, eventually claiming the rich merchant’s life. This poignant narrative serves as a stark reminder of the perils of neglecting the vulnerable during crises. We inhabit a globally interconnected village called Earth, where assistance to the most affected regions is vital. By working together, we can hope to avert a similar fate.

Implications for the Earth:

The lesson from this analogy resonates deeply, even in the context of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 in developed nations. The imminent threat to Earth caused by global warming persists, as poorer nations struggle to reduce their emissions. Without the ability to achieve net zero emissions, these countries contribute to the devastating consequences of climate change. These include the melting of polar ice, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, coastal flooding, and ultimately, the destruction of humanity.

The Fate of Major Cities and Lagos’ Vulnerability:

My book highlights the major cities at risk of submergence and disappearance within the next century due to climate change. Shockingly, Lagos, Nigeria, is among these cities. The newly launched Dangote Refinery further accelerates the impending doomsday for this vibrant metropolis.

Mitigation Measures:

While the Dangote Refinery signifies progress for Nigeria’s energy sector, it is crucial to assess its environmental impact before full-scale operations commence. The Nigerian government and Dangote Industries must take proactive measures to mitigate the refinery’s emissions and alleviate its impact on climate change. Here are some potential steps to consider:

  • Using cleaner fuels
  • Investing in renewable energy sources
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Implementing reforestation initiatives

By adopting these measures, both the government and Dangote Industries can help reduce the refinery’s carbon footprint and address climate change concerns effectively.

A Call to Action:

Until the necessary measures to mitigate the emission of 2.8 million tons of carbon dioxide per year are put in place, I withhold congratulations from Aliko Dangote and the Nigerian government on this achievement. My nonprofit organization, Global Environmental Watch Organization (GEWO-INTL.ORG), stands ready to provide the assistance required for sequestering this substantial volume of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Together, we can make a significant difference in protecting our planet and securing a sustainable future for all.


The inauguration of the Dangote Refinery marks a significant milestone for Nigeria’s energy sector and economic growth. However, we must not overlook the potential environmental consequences of such a massive project. As responsible global citizens, it is crucial for the Nigerian government and Dangote Industries to prioritize climate responsibility and take decisive action to mitigate the refinery’s emissions.

The tale of the two merchants in the leaking boat reminds us of the interconnectedness of our world and the need to support the most vulnerable in times of crisis. Only through collective effort and collaboration can we hope to combat the threats posed by climate change.

Let us join hands, advocate for sustainable practices, and encourage the adoption of cleaner technologies. By doing so, we can ensure a safer and healthier planet for future generations. Together, we have the power to make a difference and protect our precious Earth from the looming threat of climate change.

About The Author:

Christopher Uchenwa is an award-winning Nigerian-Canadian author, environmental activist, and expert in sustainability accounting. He is also an international speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. As the founder of the Global Environmental Watch Organization, he has dedicated his life to creating a safer world by protecting the environment from the dangers posed by climate change. With a background in accounting and finance, Christopher brings a unique perspective to the fight against climate change. He is a member of both the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) of Canada and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom, and his expertise in sustainability accounting gives him unparalleled authority in the subject matter of his book. Christopher’s childhood experiences with the devastating effects of pollution and deforestation in Nigeria inspired his passion for environmental activism. His book, The Threat to Earth, is a call to action that explores the urgent need for action to save the planet from the devastating effects of global warming.

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