Amosun Faults Abiodun On Dangote Refinery Project Relocation From Ogun
Former Governor Ibikunle Amosun has refuted allegation by Governor Dapo Abiodun, that he was instrumental to the relocation of the $18.5 billion Dangote Refinery project from Ogun State to Lagos.
Amosun, expressing shock at the allegation, challenges Governor Abiodun to make public facts, on what led to the relocation of the project from Olokola Free Trade Zone (OFTZ) to Lagos.
Governor Abiodun, who head the committee set up by Amosun on the free trade zone, on Tuesday, had accused Amosun as the then governor of frustrating Dangote from locating the project in Ogun State.
Abiodun said all his efforts and that of his committee so that the refinery project was not moved out of Ogun, were frustrated by Amosun.
But Amosun, in rejoinder issued by head of his media office, Bola Adeyemi, explained that the free trade zone is a joint venture with federal government having a majority stake of 51 per cent.
According to him, Ogun State was a minority with 14.1 percent stake and Ondo, also with 14.1 per cent stake.
Amosun said when his administration assumed office in 2015, Dangote had acquired 20 per cent stakes of strategic investors, which reduced Ogun State as a minority stakeholder in the FTZ joint venture.
According to him, the position of his administration was that a minimum of 500 hectares out of Ogun State land in the joint venture, should be reserved for the host communities of Olokola and Ogun Waterside.
Amosun said that his administration opposed the ceding of the entire land .
The governor further explained that it was erroneous for anyone to say that Ogun State government, which has a stake of 14 per cent in the Olokola free trade zone, could frustrate Dangote to relocate the refinery from the zone to Lagos.
He recalled that he set up a committee headed by the governor, with Kemi Adeosun who is a native of Olokola and Lekan Onmusi, who represented Ogun East and Ogun Waterside, to represent the interests of the state in the joint venture.
The former governor said his admnistration decided to engage Federal, Ondo State government and also Dangote on the refinery project.