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Buhari inaugurates Africa’s biggest port, Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lagos

The unveiling of the port is part of projects listed for inauguration during his two-day visit to Lagos State.

After about three years of conception and construction, the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lagos, the largest in Nigeria and in Sub-Saharan Africa, was on Monday inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The port, Nigeria’s deepest sea port, has been under construction since 2018 by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), completed and handed over to Tolaram – the promoters of the port in October, 2022.

The multi-purpose Deep Sea Port offers enormous support to the burgeoning commercial operations across Nigeria and the entire West African region.

The unveiling of the port is part of projects listed for inauguration during his two-day visit to Lagos State.

Buhari, who did not speak at the unveiling of the project, undertook a brief inspection of the facility.

In his speech, Lagos Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the Lekki Deep Sea Port is a product of collaboration between the Federal Government, Lagos State Government and the private sector.

He noted that the port was conceived and completed by the Buhari administration with the capacity of taking vessels four times the size of vessels that currently berth at both Tin Can and Apapa Ports.

Sanwo-Olu expressed the satisfaction that the port would deliver thousands of direct and hundreds of thousands of indirect jobs.

“The project is a total combination of efforts of the Federal Government, Lagos State and the private sector and we are happy that this is happening in your time.

“It all started within your time and it has been completed within your time. The size of vessels that will be coming here could be up to four times the size of vessels that currently berth at both Tin Can and Apapa Ports.

“So, it is a massive infrastructure and we are in deed excited that something fresh has been impacted into this country and it is going to generate thousands and thousands jobs directly and hundreds of thousands of jobs indirectly in the entire ecosystem and this is your own project and we are excited.”

 

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