Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State at the weekend said the nation’s commercial capital was gradually becoming the choice destination for investors, assuring that his administration would continue to work round the clock not only to become a shining example for Africans in Diaspora, but retain the state as investors’ haven.
Speaking at the 2016 International Forum on African Leadership, where he received an award for Best Performing Governor in Nigeria, organised by the African Leadership Magazine and held at the Regis Hotel, New York, USA, Ambode said since he assumed office on May 29, 2015, conscious efforts have been geared towards creating a conducive and friendly environment for investors and for businesses to thrive.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, apologised for his absence to receive the award, but said that he acknowledged the importance of the event hence his decision to send a powerful delegation including Mr. Durosinmi-Etti; the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde; his Special Adviser on Overseas Affairs and Investment, Ademola Abass; and his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, to represent him.
Mr. Ambode, in his remarks shortly after receiving the award, said the security and judicial reforms which he initiated at the commencement of his administration and the creation of the Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment were part of efforts to reduce the burden of bureaucracy and security concerns for would-be investors.
While stating that the State is open for business, Mr. Ambode assured would-be investors that government would continue to invest in security, job opportunity and infrastructure which are the tripod upon which his administration was built.