LAGOS: (FORT NEWS) The Lagos Deep Seaport project was today, Thursday, March 29 commissioned by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo.
The vice president who represented the president, Mohammadu Buhari, lauded the the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for his tireless efforts at championing the course of the project at the National Executive Council meetings..
“While we commend all the parties to this landmark project, and I want to mention also, particularly the honorable minister of transport whose zeal has continued to drive this project. He mentions the project in the cabinet, he mentions it everywhere”, the vice president said.
The vice president described the project as a landmark project for several crucial reasons which according to him, will become one of the largest Deep Water port in the region and will serve as a hub for port operations in whole of West Africa.
The project according to the vice president is targeting about 1.5million 20 foot container and 4.7 million when the project operations commence.
“There is no question at all that the project will be what the promoters had said it will be. We are told that it will be the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and with all of the plans they have for developing it, we expect that it will possibly be the largest in Africa”.
Osinbajo further noted that the Project construction when completed will influence the generation of 170,000 direct and indirect jobs in the economy.
“The second reason why this for us is a landmark event is with respect tour economic recovery and growth plan and its emphasis on supporting game changing infrastructure project directed at making major imparts on trade and commerce”.
The vice president assured the promoters of federal and state governments’ support towards the speedy completion of the project.
On his part, the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, there were three projects he was determine to conclude or start before he leaves office.
Amaechi said his majority priority now is the commencement and completion of the narrow gauge.
“We are having hitches here and there. For the Narrow gauge, I am told that for eleven years the proprietors have been having issues and in the same manner, the Tolaram Group came to me and said for so many years they have been trying to take off this project and it is been difficult and I told them the president comes with change and you will see that the current minister of transport and his angencies would ensure that this is realized”, he said.
He further stated that any country that is desirous of a market share in the burdening global maritime space must consider the importance of having Deep seaport because they convene enormous benefits to such countries. He added that this Deep Seaport commissioned today will be the largest in Nigeria.