The Lekki deep seaport will not only handle bigger ships calling in the Nigerian ports but also create employment opportunities for Nigerians, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar has said.
The Federal Government had during the sitting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) late last year approved the construction of the multibillion naira deep seaport situated in Lagos.
The deep seaport is expected to ease the present bottlenecks associated the existing ports, particularly the ones in Lagos which has been experiencing congestion in recent times.
Umar who stated this at the just concluded 12th Intermodal Africa 2014 exhibition and conference which took place in Lagos said the objectives of FEC approving the development of the Lekki deep seaport remain sacrosanct.
“The port is to be developed under public private partnership (PPP) initiative. Other proposed deep seaports are Ibaka deep seaport in Akwa Ibom State; Badagry deep seaport in Lagos; Olokola deep seaport in Ogun and Ondo States; Ogidigbe, near Escravos in Delta State which is expected to be the hub for gas revolution initiative of the federal government and Agge deep seaport in Bayelsa State. The process for the realisation of these ports are at various stages,” he said.