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We’ll strengthen business environment in Lagos – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured the business community that his administration is working to improve infrastructure around industrial zones in the state to allow for ease of doing business.

Sanwo-Olu said necessary amenities that can enhance the growth of businesses in the state were also being put in place.

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He gave the assurance, Monday, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, while receiving the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria, George Steiner and board members of the Swiss-Nigeria Business Council.

Sanwo-olu said that his government would build up the relationship between the state and Swiss companies, as he hoped to make the state the preferred destination for Swiss businesses.

He said: “I believe your trip will further reinforce and will signpost to other companies that we are ready and we can collaborate for good. And one of the things that we are doing is to make business environment in Lagos accessible. Something we’re continuously talking about is that we can make doing business here a whole lot better.

“We are building transportation, building infrastructure and reinforcing our security agencies to ensure that Lagos is secure for all of us.”

Sanwo-Olu said the state government was optimistic of the opportunities that will foster the relationship with Swiss companies. “We want to see how we can grow the number of Swiss companies in Lagos and make Lagos a destination of choice for them.”

The governor urged the ambassador to take back the message that “Lagos is ready” to Switzerland.

Steiner who spoke earlier thanked Sanwo-Olu for committing time and effort to make the business environment of Lagos firm and inviting to foreign and local business owners.

He emphasised on the importance of Lagos market to Switzerland and further stressed that they are making effort to expand their presence for the benefit of Lagosians.

According to Steiner, “I believe we have an excellent relationship with this country, Lagos, most of all. We will like to create wealth for the benefit of Swiss companies and of course, benefit of a greater Lagos noting Lagos especially is an important market for us.

“In view of strengthening our presence, we set up a Swiss-Nigeria Business Council in 2017. My visit is a strong sign to determine to do more for Swiss companies and most importantly, Lagos.”

Present during the visit were the deputy governor of Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat, Consul-General of Switzerland and some members of the executive council of Lagos State.

 

JOSHUA BASSEY

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