Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Ambode Makes Shocking Statement About Dangote, Read What He Said

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state, yesterday during an extensive inspection tour of the Dangote Refinery by the Togolese President, Mr Faure Gnassingbe, said the refinery being developed at the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) by Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and business mogul, confirms that Lagos is a prime investment destination.

Governor Ambode, who noted that the project will positively change the face of oil and gas business in the West African region, said the refinery eloquently attests to the fact that there is a positive investment climate in Lagos which has resulted in massive investor confidence.

The governor said: “This investment (Dangote Refinery) is one of the biggest in Africa today and will have a huge impact on the economy of not only Nigeria but the whole of West African region.

“This refinery, when completed, will be the largest single line refinery anywhere in the world refining 650,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

“Apart from creating jobs, this refinery will contribute immensely to solving the fuel supply challenge in the West African region,” governor Ambode said.

He reiterated that Lagos is home to all nations, races and creeds, including substantial Togolese population, adding: “I’m positive that we are providing them with the opportunities to get ahead in their endeavors.”

“Lagos is open for business. We are open to collaboration with the Togolese Government and investors to move our two countries forward.

“Our government is investing massively in creating infrastructure which will support businesses and individuals. We have made huge investment in security and we will continue to ensure that the lives and property of all citizens are secured.

“We will remain partner in progress with all our investors. Our desire is for investors to invest in Lagos, grow their businesses, create wealth and jobs for our people and ultimately grow our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) positively,” governor Ambode said.

Commending Dangote earlier, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said the Dangote Refinery project could best be described as a partnership between private sector and government at its best.

“We need champions and Dangote is a Nigerian champion; he is an African champion; he is also a role model.

“We need many examples and with the repositioning that the Federal Government is doing, we are going to see many more examples,” Enelamah said.

On his part, Dangote commended President Gnassingbe for finding out time to inspect the refinery, adding that he was happy with the interest and encouragement being received over the project.

Apart from the refinery, there is also petrochemical, fertilizer and gas plant with daily production capacity of three billion cubic feet of gas which are being developed by the Dangote Group, all in one location.

Some eminent dignitaries that participated at the tour include former governors of Ogun, Ekiti and Cross River States, Segun Osoba, Niyi Adebayo and Donald Duke respectively; billionaire businessman and Chairman, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Limited, Femi Otedola, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, among others. 

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