The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) met with business mogul, Aliko Dangote, on Friday.
Kayode Fayemi, NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, led his colleagues on a visit to the sites of the Dangote Refinery, Petrochemicals and Fertilizer projects at Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
NAN reports that others included Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos; Godwin Obaseki, Edo; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; Simon Lalong, Plateau; Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi; AbdulRahman Abdulrazak, Kwara; Babagana Zulum, Borno; Nasiru El-Rufai, Kaduna.
According to Fayemi: “This is an inspirational initiative by the President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote.
“This an individual that has put together a $12 billion project that we have toured almost throughout 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 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.
“We are all looking forward to the products that will come out from this place. The plastics, the oil from the refinery and the fertilizers for our agriculture. ”
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.
According to him, “This project is sited close to the Lekki Free Trade Zone and Lekki Deep Sea Port. Part of the things we are doing 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.”
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 stated.
Dangote, however, urged the governors to focus on the areas of health, education and capital development, adding that these sectors should be part of their key responsibilities to their people.