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MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION DIRECTS THAT LEKKI DEEP SEA PORT BECOME OPERATIONAL BY 2022

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has directed the ministry’s legal department to put on paper an agreement with the Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Ltd., to ensure 2022 as the operational year of the port.

Mr. Amaechi gave the directive during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project on Sunday in Lagos.

The Lekki Deep Sea Port project is Nigeria’s Deepest Sea Port in the making in the heart of the Lagos Free Trade Zone.

Mr. Ameachi said the agreement to commission the port in 2022 took place in Singapore and wondered why the construction company was stating 2023.

He said that though they have had hitches including the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, it was important that the project becomes operational by 2022.

The minister said the contract for the facility was launched in March 2018 and must be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022.

He also said the Bonny, and Ibom deep seaports, are expected to come upstream very soon, adding that the issue of too many river ports with shallow draft would become a thing of the past in Nigeria’s maritime sector.

He stated that the Lekki port is poised to be the most modern in West Africa, offering critical support to burgeoning commercial operations in Lagos state, across Nigeria, and the entire West African region.

Presently, the port has a 35 percent progress across the project construction.

BY: ZARAH MOHAMMED

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