Lekki Port reaches 87.58% completion
Promoters of the Lekki Deep Seaport have declared that the multi-million dollar port is 87.58 per cent completed.
The seaport, which is expected to be completed by September this year, is positioned to boost Nigeria’s economy with about $361 billion in the next 45 years. It will ultimately boost Nigeria’s seaborne trade and generate about 169,972 employments for Nigerians.
Latest statistics on the construction status obtained by The Guardian revealed that dredging and reclamation is at 94.78 per cent, quay wall construction is at 92.38 per cent, breakwater is at 84.67 per cent and landside infrastructure is at 77.87 per cent. Overall project is currently estimated at 87.58 per cent.
With this statistics, the promoters said, “construction of the Lekki Port is gradually getting into its final stretch. We are looking forward to the time when construction will be 100 per cent completed, after which port operations will commence so that Nigeria can begin to enjoy the positive economic developments we have been anticipating.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently directed the timely completion of the seaport. Buhari, during a tour of the port, directed the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to consult and bring up a memorandum to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to link the facility with the railway network.
As part of his engagements in Lagos, the president inspected the rate of work done at the first Deep Sea Port in Nigeria located in Lagos Free Zone, 65Km east of Lagos.
In the course of the inspection, the President received firm assurances that the port, which has a concession period of 45 years and sits on a land area of 90 hectares, will be completed on schedule by September.
The port, with 2.7 million TEUs projected capacity per annum, will have 600 meters turning circle and 16.5 meters draught.
It will have three container berths, dry bulk berth, and three liquid berths, marine facility berthing facilities.