The state government encouraged the youth to cooperate with the investors.
The Lagos State Government has donated four buses to four communities hosting the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ) and Epe International Airport, to foster peaceful co-existence among government, communities and investors within the Zone.
A statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos listed the four communities as Abejoye, Abomiti, Yeguda and Lekki/Epe.
The statement quoted the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Olusola Oworu, as saying that the government was looking into other issues that would ensure a rancour-free relationship between the government and the communities.
Mrs. Oworu said the buses were meant to complement the vehicles previously donated by the authorities of the zone to the host communities. She stressed that the gesture signified the commitment of the government toward meeting the yearnings of the people and ensuring that they were adequately compensated. She further said that efforts were being made to ensure timely implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the communities.
According to the commissioner, the LFZ is a long-term project that requires adequate planning, consultation and funding. She pleaded with the community leaders of Ibeju-Lekki and Epe to embrace the government’s development plan in that axis by cultivating a true communal spirit that would attract foreign investors.
Mrs. Oworu also said that the re-allocation of lands and resettlement plans for all the affected communities in the two areas had been resolved, while allocation would soon be made to the beneficiaries.
On employment opportunities, the commissioner said that Governor Babatunde Fashola had mandated all interested investors in the zone to give priority to the indigenes.
He urged youth in the area to support the present administration in its efforts to create an enabling environment for businesses by extending their hospitality to potential investors.