By Emmanuel Daudu, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Lagos praised the efforts of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, towards making the Lekki Deep Sea Port a reality, and directed him to consult and bring up a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to link the facility with the railway network.
As part of his engagements in Lagos, the President inspected the rate of work done at the first Deep Sea Port in Nigeria located in Lagos Free Zone, 65Km east of Lagos.
In the course of the inspection, the President received firm assurances that the port, which has a concession period of 45 years and sits in a land area of 90 hectares, will be completed on schedule by September.
Earlier, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while addressing the media after the inspection, said, “This is a private port, no agency will run here. They will be represented but they will not run it because it is a private port. It is also an automated port, so the traffic witnessed at Apapa will not be here. Also, all goods won’t come to Lagos. Goods will go to Warri, Port Harcourt, so what government needs to do is to either rehabilitate those ports or build new ones. I am convinced that we will commence work on Bonny deep seaport before we leave office.
“This seaport is a private investment and they have not said they don’t have money. You should be asking about money in terms of Bonny seaport where the government may be interested in putting money.
“My responsibility is to build seaports, railways and supervise agencies under the maritime sector and the rail sector”, he added.