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No, Dangote oil refinery is not hiring. Ignore scam Facebook posts that claim otherwise

IN SHORT: Jobs at one of the world's biggest oil refineries are coveted. But we found no evidence that Dangote refinery is recruiting.

Some Facebook posts claim that the Dangote refinery, an oil refinery based in the Nigerian city of Lagos, is recruiting. 

When fully operational, the refinery is expected to have a capacity of 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

One post, dated 5 June 2023, reads: “DANGOTE REFINERY industry recruitment board, new workers, recruitment and job vacancies in DANGOTE Refinery,, interested applicant can click on the link below to fill out the requirement forms and to communicate with the directors for more info!!!

The post encourages interested candidates to apply via a WhatsApp link. 

The recruitment notice can also be found here, here, here and here, posted as far back as January. 

But is Dangote refinery looking for new workers? We checked.


Signs of scam

One of the signs of a job scam is directly asking for money. One of the posts asks users to pay N2,000 (about US$2,50), while another asks for a N480 “digital registration/processing fee”.

Also be wary of posts that ask you to apply for a job via WhatsApp. This could lead to scammers using your personal details to commit fraud. Credible companies usually have a careers portal on their website and advertise vacancies on their verified social media handles. 

We searched the website and social media handles of the parent company Dangote Group and found no vacancies at the Lagos refinery. 

The posts don't give enough details about the jobs available, such as responsibilities, closing dates or salaries. This added to our suspicions.

In July, Dangote Group chairperson and founder Aliko Dangote told the media that the refinery employs 33,000 Nigerians and will create 100,000 jobs when the refinery is fully operational.

All signs point to scam Facebook posts using the Dangote name.

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