Monday, 10 February 2014

Fashola Takes Dangote to Lekki Free Trade Zone for Business

The new Lagos is set to come alive as Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola inaugurated the Lekki Free Trade Zone with Nigeria’s foremost conglomerate, Dangote Group of Industries, taking the lead.

Dangote group’s President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, got the cooperation of the host community that his billions of naira investments in the zone would be protected. Other potential investors also got the same assurance.

An excited Governor Babatunde Fashola said:
“Lekki Free Trade Zone is beginning to take shape. The master plan is being realised; investors are trooping in. Tank farms and major refineries are springing up to service the demands of the country and make room for export. The refineries create a major selling point and release of the opportunities that lie ahead in this zone, create opportunities for the local people and the potentials for Lagos and the Nigerian economy.”
He acknowledged that there was no relationship without some misunderstanding, saying: “We have reached an agreement in public. There has been a clear understanding today. It wasn’t a voice vote; it was a unanimous show of hands that they want this project. So, we are ready to go.”

On his part, Dangote hailed Fashola for establishing the free trade zone. He said it would be the biggest of such zones in Africa.

In Dangote's words: “Looking at what the governor has done by bringing this here, I can assure you that this is going to be the biggest free trade zone on the African continent. I know the people will begin to show their appreciation.”
Dangote group brought to the zone its proposed refineries and petrochemical company.

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