The Lekki Port in Lagos Nigeria will create one hundred and seventy thousand (170,000) jobs for Nigerians when completed and would generate an increased revenue base for government by receiving bigger vessels and most importantly strengthen the Federal Government’s drive for the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.
This was the submission of the General Manager, Projects, Lekki Deep Sea Port, Mr Steven Heukelom, while welcoming the Presidential team of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission [ICRC] led by its Acting Director General Chidi Izuwah who came on a working visits to the Lagos Free Zone [LFTZ] located in the heart of Lekki, Lagos. They were in company with the General Manager (Land and Asset Administration) Engineer Adams Jatto who represented the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Usman
Conducting the guests on a tour of the facilities within the port premises, Heukelom stated that when completed in 2020, the project would boast a 16.5 meter depth base, thereby facilitating trans-shipment within the sub-Sahara Africa.
Speaking at the occasion, Engineer Adams Jatto assured relevant stakeholders in the maritime industry and beyond of the determination of the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority at providing an enabling environment for investors to do business in Nigerian ports in order to tap the huge economic potentials available in the sector for the growth of the nation’s economy.
According to Jatto, renewed efforts are being encouraged by way of partnership, collaboration and improved synergy amongst key players in the industry towards ensuring that the management thrusts are realised within the nearest possible time.
The acting Director General of ICRC, Chidi Izuwah, informed the gathering that the Presidential team was in Lekki Deep Sea Port to have a firsthand information and assessment of the state of infrastructural development that has taken place in the project since the Committee’s last visit with a view to providing all necessary technical support for its swift take off.
On the facility appreciation tour was the Assistant General Manager (PPP) NPA, Yakubu Nana and the Legal Counsel/Relationship Director, Lekki Deep Sea Port, Adesuwa Ladoja.