Financial Times, the highly respected financial newspaper based in London has expressed its readiness to partner Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s government in the area of investment drive to Lagos state.
This was disclosed recently by Mark Carwardine, the commercial director for Africa and Middle East while hosting Lagos state information team at the newspaper’s London office.
According to him, the newspaper is aware of Lagos state efforts in building a sustainable infrastructure and it would be a thing of joy for Financial Times to join hands with the government to market its potentials to investors around the world.
He noted that the newspaper is focusing on Lagos in its forthcoming edition on Invest Africa, a pointer of how significant Lagos is to Africa business.
Responding, Lagos state commissioner for information and strategy, Steve Ayorinde thanked the Financial Times team for the recognition and urged for understanding of government’s efforts in the face of enormous challenges.
Specifically, the commissioner said the state will be willing to welcome investors in the areas of power, transportation and environment management.
He emphasised on the need for cooperation and partnership that would be mutually beneficial to the state and the media company, saying we want accurate information about Lagos being communicated with its potentials and business opportunities that has placed it the fifth largest economy in the continent.
Among those in the delegation from Lagos state include the Permanent Secretary ministry of information Fola Adeyemi, Chief Presa Secretary to the governor Habib Aruna, Special Assistant to the governor on media Idowu Ajanaku, Director of social media ministry of information and strategy Deji Balogun.