Eleven Nigerian governors visited the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals in Lekki, Lagos, to have an on-the-spot assessment of the massive project.
The governors included Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Godwin Obaseki (Edo).
Others are 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.
The governors were led by the Chairman of the forum, Dr Fayemi, who commended the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals for making Nigeria and Africa proud.
Fayemi noted that the project would contribute in no small measure to Africa’s economy and help Africa attain massive growth.
“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.
“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,” he said.
Aliko Dangote in his remark appreciated the governors for finding time to visit the facility. He 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.