Lekki Deep Seaport: President Buhari’s Visit Will Publicise Nigeria’s First Seaport

Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaech

By Maritime Security News

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Tuesday said that President Mohammadu Buhari’s visit to Lekki Deep Seaport would publicise Nigeria’s first seaport.

Amaechi made this known to newsmen after the inspection of the port.According to Amaechi, there are two reasons why I asked Mr  President to come,  the first one is to publicise the seaport so that they will know that this government is building a seaport, the first seaport in Nigeria. 

He noted that the other ports that are in the country are all river ports because they tilt off the sea. “The second reason was to put heat on the investors and with that, we are almost ready. 
“If not for the equipment, they can actually get this place ready before June but they said all the equipment are arriving by June and installation will take them till September and it can be commissioned by September.

“You see the miracle of bringing a president to this place. That is why presidents must also inspect projects, that will hasten the process if there is money for completion,” he said.

On linking the port to the rail, Amaechi noted that there was no money, adding that if they give him money, he would link the port to the rail. 
On  relocation of the community, he said  they would have a conversation with the governor of Lagos state on what happens to acquire the land up to the community.

“There are about 5000 inhabitants along the side that we want to acquire and we are considering relocating them or find solutions to the issue.
“But the implications are that you don’t just dislocate people from their natural environment, even though the law gives you the power to own the land, you must take into consideration those who live around the site,” he said.

Amaechi noted that the project of building the road had to do with the federal government and the state government but it was the responsibility of the state government. 
“Road is the responsibility of the minister of works and we will convey the fears of the proprietors of this port and the communities. 

“The project around here also includes; the lekki free trade zone, Dangote refinery, so you need a good huge road project and possibly the railway if the money is available,” he said.

He pointed out that this was a private port, stating that no agency would run here but would be present at the port He added that it was also an automated port, so the traffic witnessed at Apapa would not be here, also, all goods would not come to Lagos. 

“Goods will go to Warri, Port Harcourt, so what government needs to do is to either rehabilitate those ports or build new ones. I am convinced that we will commence work on Bonny deep seaport before we leave office.
“My responsibility is to build seaports, railways and supervise agencies under the maritime sector and the rail sector. I don’t have the responsibility to build a road,” he said.

He noted that Ibaka and badagry port are private seaports and disclosed that Ibaka had gotten approval. He said that the Badagry was being fast-tracked  so that they could also get their approval. 
“By the time we leave office, all those ports will be approved. The only one the government may participate in its own is the Bonny seaport,” he added.

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