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Nigeria’s first deep seaport in Lekki, Lagos, comes on stream in September

"The project symbolizes the possibilities that tenacity of purpose can actualize".

Ahead of commencement of operations before the end of 2022, the Lekki Deep Seaport is to be completed by September, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has disclosed.

This followed the successful delivery of the first set of Super Post Panamax State-of-the-art Ship to Shore (STS) Cranes and 10 Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTGs) on July 1, 2022, as well as the delivery of the second batch shipment of two STS Cranes with 115 packages of accessories and five RTGs with 270 packages of accessories on August 5, 2022.

Persecondnews reports that the project which is currently at about 96 percent completion, will be Nigeria’s first seaport to be fully automated at take-off.

In July 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the designation of Lekki Deep Seaport as Customs port and approved wharf.

Speaking during his first official visit to the Lekki Deep Seaport on Saturday, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo, expressed delight at the pace and quality of work at the port site.

Sambo commended the management of the NPA for the logistic support provided to Lekki Port in meeting the project timelines.

In his remarks, the Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, said NPA was unwaveringly committed in providing support to ensure that the timelines for take off of the new port are met.

“The project symbolizes the possibilities that tenacity of purpose can actualize”.

On his part, the Managing Director, Lekki Deep Seaport, Mr. Du Ruogang, while making a presentation to the Minister, disclosed that construction work for Phase 1 of the project is nearing completion and is currently at about 96 per cent.

“The Lekki Port team together with the Lekki Freeport Terminal (LFT) are working hard to ensure that construction is completed in September 2022 and thereafter port operations will start before the end of this year 2022,” he said.

Highlighting the game-changing features, Ruogang stated that the port upon completion will have three container berths, three liquid berths and a storage yard with over 15,000 ground slots terminal designed to support a throughput of 2.7 million TEUs annually, a Dry Bulk Terminal with available quay length of about 300m amongst other distinctive attributes.

Persecondnews reports that the Lekki Deep Seaport places Nigeria on the global list of nations with Deep Seaports and positions the country to maximize the comparative advantages that its maritime endowments and littoral assets confer.

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