- Members of NGF on Friday, December 20, stormed Dangote refinery in Lagos
- The forum was led by its chairman and governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi
- Fayemi described Dangote refinery as a pride to African continent
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has described the multi-billion naira Dangote refinery and petrochemicals sited in Lagos as a pride to Nigeria and Africa.
Eleven Nigerian governors on Friday stormed the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lekki, Lagos to have on the spot assessment of the massive project.
Leadership reports that the governors were led by their chairman, governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, on a visit to the site of the multi-billion naira project.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the project would contribute immensely to Africa’s economy and help the continent attain food security when fully operational.
The governors who accompanied Fayemi to Dangote refinery were: Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Babagana Zulum (Borno), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Bala Muhammed (Bauchi), while the governor of Cross Rivers State, Benedict Ayade was represented by his deputy, Ivara Esu.
He said: “This is an inspirational initiative by the President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote. It demonstrates the possibility where government provides the enabling environment the way the Lagos State government has done for individuals that are serious-minded and has what it takes to excel.
“This an individual that has put together a $12 billion project that we have toured almost through out the day and had to cut it short to be able to attend to other businesses.
“This is a pride to Africa and not just to Nigeria. I don’t know anywhere in Africa you will find a complex such as this. I don’t think that there are many places in the world where you will find a complex as comprehensive and extensive as the one we have been privileged to tour.
Fayemi added that the state governments’ investment in agriculture would be given a boost by the fertiliser plant which is the largest in Africa.
The NGF chairman urged governments to continue to create an enabling environment through right incentives and policies as well as provision of infrastructure needed to attract investors to their states.
Also speaking, Lagos governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu, commended Dangote for taking the decision to put the strategic investment in Lagos, adding that the government would continue to do its best to support the smooth completion of the project.
He said: “This project is sited close to the Lekki Free Trade Zone and Lekki Deep Sea Port and we are bringing development to our people.
“Part of the things we are doing here is to bring a comprehensive new infrastructure to the communities. We are closing up on two different road connections out of this place. One will go to Epe, and another one will go to Ijebu Ode and back to Lagos.”
On his part, Aliko Dangote thanked the governors for the visit to the facilities and assured them that the group would continue to invest in Nigeria to create jobs and make all Nigerians proud.
“We will continue to make sure that we are the ones that will lead and others will follow. We want to bring all our monies to Nigeria and invest where we belong to,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, said Dangote petroleum refinery would stabilise the micro economy of the country.
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