Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says the state lost $16billion Dangote Refinery to Lagos State due to a break in discussion between the immediate past administration and Dangote Group.
He also said that his administration is working towards ensuring that the state takes advantage of its oil-rich deposit and becomes an oil-producing state.
Abiodun gave this position during the lecture he delivered at the 2nd and 3rd convocation ceremony of the Mountain Top University with the topic, “Quest for Excellence: The Nexus of Faith, Knowledge and Resilience”.
The governor expressed disappointment that Ogun lost the $16b Dangote Refinery to Lagos after a break in the discussion between the immediate past administration and Dangote.
He, however, expressed optimism that the state will become oil-producing, saying “We are working assiduously on that, so, I accept this challenge, we will further strengthen our resolve to ensure that we bring Ogun State to oil-producing status in the very near future”.
Abiodun, while also noting that he had the privilege to work as the chairman of the Olokola Free Trade Zone that was meant to have the refinery cited in the state, added that the project was not just conceived with the aim of refining petroleum products only, but to take advantage of the mining lease that has been awarded around the corridor.
“I worked as chairman of Olokola Free Trade Zone that was meant to have the Dangote Refinery cited in Ogun Waterside, however, discussion broke down between Dangote and the then administration which led to the loss of that project to Lagos state; a sixteen billion dollars was lost to another state.
“That project was conceived with the aim of not just refining petroleum in Ogun, but also to take advantage of the mining lease that had been awarded around that corridor that has even not begun to be exploited,” he said.
The governor affirmed that the state has very rich oil reserves in Tongeji Island, adding that “Ogun state is situated in the Dahomey Basin, which stands for the Niger Delta that goes all the way to Ghana.
“Every one of the states in that corridor is oil-producing today, even Ondo and Lagos states”, Abiodun said.