Nigerian governors under the aegis of Nigerian Governors Forum have hailed business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. The governors’ encomium came following a visit to the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals at Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos on Friday. The ten governors who represented the NGF described the project as a pride to Nigeria and Africa.
The governors, led by the Forum’s chairman, who is the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, described the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals as a salute to entrepreneurship.
According to Fayemi, the project would contribute immensely to the economic growth of the nation and provide employment to thousands of Nigerians.
He said: “This is an inspirational initiative by the President of the Dangote Group, Mr Aliko Dangote. It demonstrates the possibility where the government provides the enabling environment with the way the Lagos State government has done for individuals that are serious-minded and have what it takes to excel
“This is 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 pride in 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.”
Bittertruth Media reports that Governors who visited the Dangote Refinery 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; Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna and Ivara Esu, Deputy Governor of Cross River.
Welcoming his guests, 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.