President Buhari expresses appreciation to investors in Nigeria

Luqmon Balogun,   Lagos

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President Muhammadu Buhari at the Eko Atlantic City project, Lagos State, South-Western Nigeria. He is flanked by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State (immediate left) and Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, 1999 – 2007 (immediate right).

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his appreciation to foreign and local investors who agreed to commit their investment and resources to Nigeria.

President Buhari made the remarks after a tour of the Eko Atlantic City which marked the end of his two-day visit to Lagos state.

The President, who unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit to the Eko Atlantic City project, expressed his appreciation to investors after being shown round the project by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who was accompanied by the former Governor of the state and the All Progressives Congress, APC Chieftain, Mr. Bola Tinubu and other top government functionaries.

President Buhari explained that their investment had helped to provide employment for teeming Nigerians and improve the country’s economic base.

“I am extremely grateful to those that agreed to invest so much in our country.

“I have just gone round to see the Eko Atlantic city. I am extremely impressed with the potentiality of this project and the amount of jobs and its effect on the economy and what it is capable of bringing,” President Buhari said.

The President while expressing his satisfaction with the ocean reclamation embarked upon by the State Government and partners, noted that the investment had great impact on the country’s economy.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had stated that the project was an example of what the private sector could do to the nation’s economy.

Ambode who said the project was initiated by the Bola Tinubu administration hinted that it had actually saved the whole of Victoria Island from potential danger.

He said: “The project standing on over 750 square kilometres, upon completion would eventually  be bigger than Victoria Island.

In a separate interview with the journalists, Bola Tinubu described the Eko Atlantic City project as a solution to a potentially dangerous liability.

According to him, the reoccurring ocean surge at the Ahmadu Bello axis could have wiped out the whole of Lagos Island, but save for the Eko Atlantic Project which was conceived to protect the environment from disaster.

He, however, advised the Nigerian Government to ensure such massive and lifesaving projects are replicated on the nation’s coastlines.