Multi-sector industrialist and richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, has been urged to invest in Delta State’s abundant gas resources to boost Nigeria’s economy.
Delra State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa made the call weekend in Asaba at the commissioning of an ultra-modern office complex of Chinedu and Company Limited, an associate company of Dangote Cement and a Warehouse belonging to Dangote Cement.
Governor Okowa who observed that Nigeria, so blessed with abundant natural resources, still remained a huge importer of finished products, added that there would be a lot of derivable benefits if big time investors like Damgote tap into the gas industry in Delta State.
“We have a lot of gas in Delta State and gas is very important to the petrol-chemical industry; as a nation we cannot continue to import finished products and we strongly believe that we will play host to the next multi-billion naira project of the Dangote Group in Delta State,” Governor Okowa said.
He stated that Dangote has done a lot in the area of boosting not only Nigeria’s economy but the economy of West Africa, emphasizing that the greatest benefit of such investments is job creation.
The Governor commended Chief Chinedu Ezenyili for the huge investment, especially, in the area of Commerce, stating that his administration has trained youths of the state to enable them acquire necessary skills to become entrepreneurs, while thanking Dangote for showing commitment towards investing in the state.
Earlier, Dangote had commended Governor Okowa for his commitment in making the state investment friendly reiterating, “with Governor Okowa, business is easy to do in Delta State.
“We have more than 20 per cent of our cement sold by indigenes of Delta State and we will partner with the state government to invest in the state and create opportunities for the youths to be trained and also, be engaged,” the acclaimed industrialist noted.