He said the fefinery being sited in Lagos was another confirmation that Lagos is a prime investment destination, as the project would positively change the face of oil and gas business in the West African region.
“This investment (Dangote Refinery) is one of the biggest in Africa today and will have a huge impact on the economy of not only Nigeria but the whole of West African region. This refinery, when completed, will be the largest single line refinery anywhere in the world refining 650,000 barrels of crude oil daily. Apart from creating jobs, this refinery will contribute immensely to solving the fuel supply challenge in the West African region,” he said.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of work done on the project so far, saying that he was happy that a lot of progress had been made, while commending Dangote for his vision, doggedness and unwavering desire to contribute positively to the growth of the Nigerian economy, as well as his confidence in the Lagos economy.
Ambode said aside the fact that the project confirmed the positive investment climate in Lagos which had resulted in massive investor confidence, he also strongly believed that the future prosperity of West Africa was in collaboration between government and investors, which was why his administration had been working hard to encourage investment in the State.
He reiterated that Lagos was home to all nations, races and creeds, including substantial Togolese population, adding: “I’m positive that we are providing them with the opportunities to get ahead in their endeavors.”
Ambode said as a prominent Head of State in the West African region, he was not oblivious of the interest of President Gnassingbe in the Dangote Refinery, adding that the project was one of the emerging opportunities in Lagos State.
While inviting Togolese investors to take advantage of the positive investment climate in Lagos, the governor said the State was open for businesses, and that his administration, in a bid to encourage investment, had massively invested in infrastructure and security of lives and property.
President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Danone commended President Gnassingbe for finding time to inspect the refinery, adding that he was happy with the interest and encouragement being received over the project.
“Apart from the refinery, there is also petrochemical, fertilizer and gas plant with daily production capacity of three billion cubic feet of gas which are being developed by the Dangote Group, all in one location,” he said.