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Buhari directs transport minister to link Lekki Deep Sea Port with railways

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Haresh Aswani, Managing Director-Africa Tolaram Group (first left) and Managing Director of Nigerian Export Promoting Zones Authority Prof. Soji Adesugba (first right) at Lagos Lekki Free Zone during the President’s inspection of Lekki Deep Sea Port on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Transportation to consult and bring up a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to link Lekki Deep Sea Port with the railway network in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari commended the level of construction work and efforts made by the minister and promoters of the port to make the port a reality and gave the directive when he toured the port in Lagos yesterday.

The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi who accompanied President Buhari on the tour said the purpose of the President’s visit to the project was to affirm his commitment and support to ensure timely delivery of the port.

Amaechi explained further that he is confident that the commencement of operation of Lekki Port would strengthen Nigeria’s maritime sector to meet the ever-growing demands for goods transported by sea and will also position the maritime hub for the West African sub-region and even up to the Central African Republic.

“I can confirm that President Muhammadu Buhari is delighted with the progress of work done on the project, I am also happy, and I am sure everyone is happy that the project is going on as scheduled, and we are looking forward to the official commissioning and commencement of operations,” said Amaechi.

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited, Mr. Du Ruogang, expressed the profound appreciation of the company to the President for the visit and the immense support the project has received since its inception, stating that the team remains committed to delivering the project as scheduled.

Ruogang further assured that the company is working round the clock to complete the construction as scheduled by September to ensure that commercial operations commence by the fourth quarter of 2022.

“We are indeed very pleased and grateful to His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for the visit to Lekki Port today; this day will remain a memorable one in the history of this Port, we sincerely thank the President and all the dignitaries that accompanied here today even as we look forward to having them soon for the official commissioning,” he said.

Also speaking during the visit, the Managing Director of Lekki Freeport Terminal, the terminal operator for the Port, Mr. Denrick Moos, assured that the port operation would be a world-class and efficient one leveraging technology in the automation of its processes.

Moos commended both the promoters and partners of the project including Tolaram and China Harbour Engineering Company for their commitment towards the timely delivery of the project ahead of operational readiness.


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