- Governor Akeredolu says Dangote Refinery should have been sited in Ondo state if Segun Mimiko's administration had acted in good faith
- The refinery was initially meant to be sited in Ondo state before it was later moved to Lagos State under the immediate past administration in Ondo state
- Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu insisted that such rare opportunity must not be lost again in the state
The loss of the multimillion dollars Dangote Refinery to Lagos state is something that has not gone down well with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state.
According to Akeredolu, those at the helm of affairs at the time Dangote was looking for land in the state did not take the development of the state seriously.
He said the refinery which was initially meant to be sited in Ondo state before it was later moved to Lagos state would have created jobs for thousands of youths and greatly contributed to the socioeconomic development of the state.
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He made this known while addressing traditional rulers and community leaders during the 2021 Rural Appreciation Day.
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“How I wish we were here then. I would be asking him how many hectares of land he needed. In fact, I will still ask if it was not enough, we would have been ready to add more. No string attached.
“My colleague, Fashola told me that Dangote came to Lagos and brief him about his intention to relocate the siting of the refinery to Lagos state. He said they only asked him, how many hectares of land he needed. And even added more late
“Last week, one of my Special Advisers got married at a location very close to the refinery in Lekki, Lagos State. It was their closing time and we saw how people were trooping out of the place. The population of workers there is very huge. I got so emotional. I asked , how could we have lost this huge investment in Ondo state?
“It is very painful that we lost Dangote Refinery to Lagos state. Very painful. We will ensure that no meaningful and impactful investment will be lost in this state. We are very serious about this’, Akeredolu emphasised.
The governor assured of his administration’s commitment to achieve the Deep Sea Port dream of the state.
Why Ondo state lost Dangote’s Refinery, former PDP chairman exposes Olusegun Mimiko
In another report, Legit.ng reported that in what will continue to infuriate the people of Ondo state former governor Olusegun Mimiko has been exposed for his alleged carelessness in handling the Dangote's refinery situation during his administration.
The allegation against the former governor was raised by a former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state, Dr Tayo Dairo.
It would be recalled that Dangote Refinery was initially meant to be set up in Ondo State before it was later moved to Lagos State under the immediate past administration.