The Lekki Deep Seaport will be a significant game-changer in Nigeria’s Maritime economy with corresponding benefits to the West and Central sub-regions of Africa, said the Federal Government has said.
Magdalene Ajani, permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, disclosed this in a statement by Anastasia Ogbonna, assistant director of press, and Public Relations of the Ministry, in Abuja.
Ajani made this known when she led a ministerial team including Hadiza Bala- Usman, managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Bashir Jamoh, director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hassan Bello, executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on a quarterly inspection of the progress of work on the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos.
According to her, the Port is designed to be the deepest port in West Africa.
The inspection comprised of an audio-visual briefing by the management of Lekki Port Enterprises, the contractors (China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd), and the project managers (Louis Berger Intl.) as well as a physical inspection of the works on site.
Ajani said the developers were working assiduously to meet the deadline of fourth quarter 2022 for commencement of commercial operations as directed by Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation.
The permanent secretary was also accompanied on the inspection by Awal Suleiman, director, Maritime Services; Pius Oteh, director of Legal Services, and other technical officers from the Ministry and the Agencies.