Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, said that the State and the Province of Gauteng in South Africa both possess the capacity to drive the desired industrial and economic growth in the African continent.
Governor Ambode, who addressed Government House Correspondents shortly after a meeting with the Premier of the Province of Gauteng, Mr. David Makhura on a possible partnership on advancing trade and industrialization at the Lagos House in Ikeja, described both city-States as the economic powerhouse of both Nigeria and South Africa.
The Governor, who disclosed plans to enter into a bi-lateral relationship with the Province of Gauteng, aimed at boosting the economic capacities of not just Nigeria and South Africa, but the continent of Africa, said it would be a win-win situation that would grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that would be beneficial to the citizen of both countries.
Disclosing that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) would be signed in Johannesburg, South-Africa by September 2017, Ambode said the benefits of the partnership on the long run could not be over-emphasised.
He said the outcome of the partnership would not only increase the GDP, but also increase the benefit that would be derived by all the people that are confined in those communities.
“It’s all about commerce; it’s all about economy, things that relate to good governance, we are going to exchange human capacity, things that make us to learn from each other and also improve on the things that are challenging and common to both of us,” Ambode noted.
Also speaking, the Premier of Gauteng, Mr. David Makhura who expressed optimism that the partnership would enhance the industrial capacity of Nigeria and South Africa, said that it was high time for both Lagos and Gauteng Province to rise to the challenge and utilise their strengths for the benefit of the continent.