A chieftain of the All Progressive Party (APC), in Lagos, Chief Lanre Razak, said that Epe division would be the largest and biggest industrial base in Lagos state by 2023.
Razak, also known as KLM said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Epe, on Saturday.
He said that with the advent of Dangote oil refinery, Free Trade Zone, higher institutions, big fertilizer industry and other gigantic industries coming up in the division, Epe community would enjoyed a boost of socioeconomic development.
“With this investment opportunity, it will help to salvage the situation of poverty alleviation and job employment challenges in the community.
“Those of us in Epe division are extremely lucky, as the community is hosting/accommodating thousands of companies.
“We are the important industry location in Nigeria with the oil refinery coming up in our division, ” he said.
According to him, Epe people are the happiest with this development, therefore, the duty of the residents and indigenes was to receive the investors with warm regard.
“Our duty as a community is to prepare our people to receive those companies with open and kind heart, hospitable and avoid all forms of crisis.
“Epe will have a fair share of industrial development with time, but it will never come without some pains, ” he said.
Razak said that part of the pains was the hardship commuters and travellers were facing along Epe/Ibeju-lekki expressway, where the refinery was located.
“The heavy trucks plying through the routes daily are much, therefore, the damage cause on the road will be much, ” he said.
He therefore enjoined all residents, indigenes and motorists to exercise patient, as Lagos state government is working assiduously to salvage the situation.
“This present government under the leadership of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Deputy Gov. Obafemi Hamzat will be proactive in addressing situations like this.
“I can understand the pains and suffering motorists and indigenes are facing on the road, they should be rest assure that the government will provide a palliative measure soon, ” he said.
Razak said that the government cannot do it alone, hence, requires Public, Private, Partnership and community support.
“I have a construction company and am working towards putting a palliative measures on the road, if approved by the government, ” he said.
He appealed to the concerned indigenes and residents, who went on street protest some days ago in Epe/Ibeju Lekki to exercise patient with the government.
“I am sure the government has listen to their plea and will address the situation accordingly, ” he said.
Written by Idris Olukoya