Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reiterated his administration’s commitment to collaborate with Netherlands on health, Education, technology, trade, tourism and infrastructure.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated this while playing host to the team led by Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade, Development and Cooperation, Mrs Sigrid Kaag who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, there are investment opportunities in Lagos, adding that the state is home to all, emphasising that the environment is friendly for foreign investors.
The Governor thanked the team for the visit, and explained that Netherlands and Lagos share certain similar features such their locations below the sea level and technology which he said would assist in the bilateral arrangements to be discussed.
He explained the reclamation effort at Eko Atlantic City when he said “You know there is a new development being done at Eko Atlantic City. That is a city that is risen on top of water. It is actually an engineering that we are really proud of.
“With technology, you need to sand fill a lot of the place there, it went 12 meters down and has a height of about 9 meters up and that is twice the size of Victoria Island, we poured 10million cubic of sand to stabilize. It’s actually an engineering that we are really proud of,” Sanwo-Olu added.
He also lauded the efforts of Netherland on skill acquisition and poverty reduction programmes, which had made Lagos State foster economic relation with the country.
Sanwo-Olu said, “On education side, Netherland is very good, they develop skills a lot which reduces poverty hence our aim of partnering with you is to ensure that poverty is reduced by 2030. That is our goal”
He praised the current collaboration with the Dutch government in various areas including the new Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme saying a lot is going on to boost the health sector as his administration is poised to give people quality access to health.
“We have just launched early in the year our health insurance scheme which is taking-off well. We also realised that we must tackle all issues of health and its quality delivery at early stages,” Sanwo-Olu stated.