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Fashola raises hope on Lekki refinery, to produce 400,000 bpd


LAGOS State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has assured that work was in progress at the Dangote refinery in Lekki Free Trade Zone, with an estimated 400,000 barrel of crude oil per day (bpd) when completed.

Fashola said the refinery would produce Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol; diesel and kerosene for consumption in the state, in about a year from now.

The governor, who spoke at the statewide All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial campaign rally in Ibeju-Lekki recently, recalled that the Lagos refinery was one of his campaign promises in 2011, which is not coming to fruition.

According to him the Dangote refinery would be very important to the socio-economic development of Lagos residents in the Ibeju-Lekki axis, given its plan to employ 2000 engineers and 8000 other workers.

He said: “I have promised you Lekki Free Trade Zone (FTZ), and I have delivered. We have partnered with Dangote and all your leaders know about it. We have partnered to build refinery with the capacity of 400,000barrel per day. It will give us PMS, kerosene and diesel for use.

“It is at advanced stage. We are waiting for electricity to power it. It is Ambode that will complete it. It is for your good as people in Ibeju-Lekki; do not allow it to slip by,” Fashola said.

The governor added that though he did not promise the Lekki Sea port and Airport, but he is adding it to Lagos as a dividend of democracy.

“We are ready to build a modern seaport and had finalized the workings among the partners. State and private sector have fulfilled their end of the project funds, except the Federal Government. The $117m dollars is what Federal Government is owing and delaying the plan.

“The Airport too has been cleared. The design is ready too and the construction is due to start. Ambode will complete all these. This is why this election is key. Do not be deceived. Do not sell your Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for anything. Just troupe out on the date of election and vote. No soldier will stop you on that date.

Candidate of the party, Akinwunmi Ambode, reiterated his plan to complete all the outstanding projects, with improved commitment to plight of the youth.

Ambode said: “This election is therefore important for us all. Colour of the dollar shares no religion or tribe. As at today, it is N225 to one dollar. They are trying to sway election according to religion and ethnicity. If you don’t rescue Nigeria in the coming election, we will be trading at N400 to one dollar. With Buhari/Osinbajo candidacy, we will rescue the country and then the opportunity for more prosperous Lagos. Let us go out there and convince more people to our side,” he said.


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