The federal government has said that the Lekki Deep Seaport is designed to be the deepest port in West Africa and will be a significant game-changer in Nigeria’s Maritime economy with corresponding benefits to the West and Central sub-regions of Africa.
According to a statement by the Assistant Director Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Abuja, Anastasia Ogbonna, this was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Magdalene Ajani.
Ajani made this known when she led a Ministerial Team on a quarterly inspection of the progress of work on the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos.
The activities that were undertaken in the course of the inspection include 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 the fourth quarter of 2022 for commencement of commercial operations as directed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Also on the inspection team are the Director, Maritime Services, Awal Suleiman, Director, Legal Services, Pius Oteh, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hassan Bello.
Others include the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Bashir Jamoh and other technical officers from the ministry and the agencies.