President Muhammadu Buhari has given approval for the designation of Lekki Deep Seaport as a customs port and approved wharf.
The Federal Government has pointed out that the project which is expected to be completed before the end of 2022, would create 170,000 jobs to help boost Nigeria’s economy.
This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Friday, July 29, and can be seen on its Official Twitter account.
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NPA, in the statement, noted that the Managing Director of the authority, Mr Mohammed Bello-Koko, in a letter through the Federal Ministry of Transportation, secured the approval for the port to be gazetted in line with extant laws.
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The authority also said that with the approval and level of preparedness, the port is set for berthing commercial vessels before year-end. The statement from NPA reads, ‘’President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the designation of Lekki deep seaport as a Customs port and Approved Wharf.”
In a letter through the Ministry of Transportation, the Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello Koko, secured the approval for the port to be gazetted in line with extant laws.’With this approval and level of preparedness, the port is set for berthing commercial vessels before year-end.’’
The Lekki Deep Seaport, designed to be a significant game-changer in Nigeria’s maritime economy and constructed by China Habour Engineering firm, is a $2 billion investment in the Lagos Free Trade zone initiated by Tolaram Group, a Singaporean company.
The deep seaport is expected to generate huge job opportunities for Lagos residents as well as boost the Federal Government’s efforts to decongest the Lagos ports in Apapa and Tin Can.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had in January 2022, said that the Lekki deep seaport will be completed in 2022 with its operations automated
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had in March 2021, said that the Lekki Deep Seaport is expected to begin operations by the first quarter of 2023, as the construction firm, China Habour Engineering firm had made tremendous improvement with the project.