Lekki Port: Transport Minister Commends NPA, Seek Rail Connection - THISDAY
The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has commended the management of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), over the tremendous support provided to Lekki Port in meeting the project timelines.
Speaking during his first official visit to the Lekki Deep Seaport, he expressed delight at the pace and quality of work at the port site.
However, ahead of the deep seaport completion and commencement of operations before the end of the year 2022, the minister tasked Nigerian Railway Corporation, NPA and Lekki Port to take urgent steps towards ensuring the Deep Seaport is linked by rail.
In his remarks, the Managing Director, NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the Deep seaport is close to becoming operational.
He said, “the very fact the letter of intent between Lekki Deep Seaport and it’s financial partners was signed in April 2019 and by 2022 we are close to operationalization; this project symbolizes the possibilities that tenacity of purpose can actualize.”
He added that NPA remains unwavering in providing every support and facilitation necessary to ensure that the timelines for take off are met.
The Managing Director Lekki Deep Seaport, Du Ruogang, while making a presentation to the Minister and his entourage disclosed that the construction works for phase 1 is nearing completion and is currently at about 96% completion.
He said, “The Lekki Port team and 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.”
Highlighting the game-changing features, Ruogang stated further, “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.”