LAGOS DOORS ARE OPEN FOR COLLABORATION WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS-ENV.COMMISSIONER

Lagos State Government on Wednesday expressed it’s readiness to collaborate with willing foreign investors to boost economic vibrancy in the state.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water , Mr. Tokunbo Wahab made this known during a business meeting with officials of the Lekki Free zone at Alausa, Commissioner, saying that the present administration is committed to increasing business opportunities in every part of the state.

Research Associate, Jing Song; Hon Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Managing Director, Lekki Free Zone, Mr Zhang Bin; Representative of Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China, Dr. Wang Zuguang; and Managing Director/CEO, Global Impact, Dr. Babatunde Osho, during a business Meeting on the 13th of December, 2023, with the Honourable Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, at the Ministry’s Conference room, Alausa Ikeja.

PIX 8032-3 R-L; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite as well as some Estate/Property owners and Residents of Orchid, Orall II, Ajiran, Agungi, Lekki county, Ikota GRA and Environs during a Stakeholders meeting in respect to properties that fall within the setback of the various channels in that axis, held at the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Conference room, on Thursday 14th of December 2023

PIX 8032-3 R-L; Special Adviser on Environment, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu; Hon. Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab; Permanent Secretary Office of Drainage Services, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde; Director, Drainage Enforcement and Compliance, Engr. Mahmood Adegbite as well as some Estate/Property owners and Residents of Orchid, Orall II, Ajiran, Agungi, Lekki county, Ikota GRA and Environs during a Stakeholders meeting in respect to properties that fall within the setback of the various channels in that axis, held at the Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources Conference room, on Thursday 14th of December 2023

Wahab said the state had invested massively in the Lekki free Zone corridor with the full awareness that the part of the State is the future of Nigeria.

He emphasized that Lagos State is the only State in the Country with a clear cut climate change policy saying itbis partly traceable to its being a coastal city affected by the rising sea level.

He stated that the state recently launched the phase II of the Lagos Climate Resilience and Adaptation policy, saying it demonstrate the readiness of the State in combating climate change Issues.

Wahab maintained that the State was open for partnership and investment solid waste management, liquid waste and other environmental avenues.

Wahab mentioned some local /rural areas where investment can be activated to benefit the communities and thereby change the narrative and enhance commitment to development in these areas.

“It is not enough to have the commitment on paper; if you have the approach and desire to lift 50,000 households on solar belt out of the National grid and put them under this policy, this portrays commitment” he said.

The Commissioner said that the state government has ramped up physical infrastructure in the lekki free zone highlighting road infrastructure from Akodo to Epe, Abraham Adesanya and free trade zone areas.

In his response the Managing Director Lekki Free Zone Development Company Mr. Zhang Bin said his organisation and his country China was ready to support Lagos develop climate change initiatives in the Lekki Free Zone area.

He stated that they were willing to share knowledge, find out needs of government for solar belt programmes in the communities around the free zone while also assisting with capacity building
as well as improve power supply and livelihood of people in Africa.

Signed
Kunle Adeshina
Director Public Affairs
MOE &WR

December 13, 2023