Buhari Opens The $1.5 Billion Lekki Deep Sea Port And Watches The First Cargo Ship Offload
Yesterday, President Muhammadu Buhari officiated at the historic opening of the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State. He also saw the first cargo shipment from the CMA CGM Mozart arrive at the harbor. The federal government, acting through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Lagos State Government, the Tolarams Group (owners of the Lagos Free Zone), and China Harbour Engineering Company are partners in the project, which has a total investment of more than $1.5 billion.
At the ceremony, Buhari was accompanied by the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the minister of transportation, Muazu Sambo, the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Ciu Jianchun, other senior government officials, and traditional chieftains. Sambo pointed out that the president’s prompt response to all demands from the Federal Ministry of Transportation about the Lekki Deep Seaport allowed for the project’s official opening.
In addition to thanking the president for quickly approving Wharf and the ministry’s unusual request to designate Lekki Deep Seaport as a Customs Port, he also praised the president for his support of the ministry. As one of the outstanding achievements of the Buhari government, the project, according to Sambo, will create approximately 170,000 vacancies for employment once operations get underway.