On Monday, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu congratulated Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, on the opening of the Dangote Refinery in the state’s Ibeju-Lekki district.
Dangote, according to Sanwo-Olu, is a detribalized guy who saw the wealth of the state and invested in the success of Lagos and Nigeria.
The governor of Lagos state stated that Dangote arrived in Lagos with little 45 years ago and is today Africa’s richest man.
He did, however, claim that during his time in Lagos, the Nigerian billionaire developed Africa’s largest empire.
“Those like me, who have made Lagos our home will testify that since the beginning of the current democratic dispensation, the government of Lagos State has been exceptionally remarkable in its commitment and support for the private sector.
“From the tenure of the President Elect, H.E Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who established the Lekki Free Zone, to the incumbent governor H.E Babajide Sanwolu who has been most proactive in ensuring the successful execution of this project, the State government has indeed demonstrated great commitment to promoting an investment friendly climate, which made it possible for Our Group to invest over $30billion in various industries in the state economy over that period.
Sanwo-Olu also expressed his admiration and gratitude to the Lagos State government and its successive governors for their steadfast support of an enabling business environment in Lagos.
President Muhammadu Buhari also spoke at the commissioning, saying that the incoming government of Bola Ahmed Tinubu will build on the success of the Dangote refinery.
“I have confidence that my successor, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will sustain the improvement in our economy and business environment and stress on the framework of our government partnership to accelerate the growth of our economic development.
“I am going to be leaving our economy in competent hands and I congratulate the Chairman and the board of directors and the management of Dangote Group for notable contribution to the industrialization of our economy and that of our continent.”