Lekki Port must commence operation by 2022 – Minister

L-R: MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman, the CEO, Lekki Port, Du Ruogang, Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Director, Lekki Port, Dr, Bode Oyedele during the tour of the port in Lagos, last week.

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Lekki Deep Seaport must commence operations by 2022 as he noted that a legal agreement must be signed with the Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited to ensure 2022 is achieved.

Amaechi directed the legal department of the ministry to work out the agreement during a visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port Project today in Lagos.

According to him, the agreement to commission the port in 2022 took place in Singapore, and wondered why the construction company was stating 2023.

He said that though they have had hitches including the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown, it was important that the project becomes operational by 2022.

“The contract for the facility was launched in March 2018, and as a layman, my views might not matter, however, we must tie them to a written agreement that it must be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2022.

“There are so many things tied to port construction and many factors that can work against that date like force majeure issues or if anything goes wrong with the contractor.

“That is why we need to tie them to a verbal and written agreement that by 2022, Lekki port must become operational,” the minister said.

He also said that with Lekki, Bonny and Ibom deep seaport, all are expected to come upstream very soon, adding that the issue of too many river ports with shallow draft would become a thing of the past in Nigeria’s maritime sector.

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