Lekki Deep Seaport to handle 2.7 million TEUs annually, Ruogang tells Minister
Published by Streetwise Magazine
Lekki Deep Seaport Lagos upon completion and commencement of work in September 2022 will have three container berths, three liquid berths, and a storage yard with over 15,000 ground slots terminal to support a throughput of 2.7 million TEUs annually, a dry bulk terminal with an available quay length of about 300m amongst other distinctive attributes.
Du Ruogang, Managing Director, stated this on Saturday, 13 August 2022 when he highlighted the features of the port to the nation’s Minister of Transportation, Mr. Muazu Jaji Sambo who visited the port.
Ruogang disclosed that the construction works for phase 1 is nearing completion and is currently at about 96% complete.
According to Ruogang, Lekki Port team, together with the Lekki Freeport Terminal (LFT), are working hard to ensure that construction is completed in September 2022, and thereafter, port operations will start before the end of this year 2022.
He commended the Lagos State Government for their immense support, especially in resolving the road infrastructure situation, which is critical for the success of a port of this magnitude. He acknowledged that work has commenced on the road but urged the government to help expedite the construction works so the evacuation of cargo from the Port will be efficient.
The Minister Muazu Jaji Sambo who was delighted in the level of work in the port tasked Nigerian Railway Corporation, Nigerian Ports Authority and Lekki Port to take urgent steps toward ensuring the Lekki Deep Seaport is linked by rail.
Sambo commended the management of the Nigerian Ports Authority for the tremendous support provided to Lekki Port in meeting the project timelines.
In his remarks, Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Mohammed Bello Koko said, “the very fact the letter of intent between Lekki Deep Seaport and its financial partners was signed in April 2019, and by 2022 we are close to operationalization; this project symbolizes the possibilities that tenacity of purpose can actualize.”
He added that NPA remains unwavering in providing every support and facilitation necessary to ensure that the timelines for take-off are met.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) had in the first week of August secured through the Federal Ministry of Transportation an expedited presidential approval for the gazette of Lekki Deep Seaport as a Customs Port and an Approved Wharf in line with the requirements of the law. This development is another important step forward for the start of operations at the Port.
The Lekki Deep Seaport places Nigeria on the global list of nations with Deep Seaports and positions the country to maximize the comparative advantages that its maritime endowments and littoral assets confer.