Lekki port to flag-off operations 2023, to generate 170,000 jobs

Commercial operations at the Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos Free Zone is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2023, Lagos State Government has said.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, titled ‘Lekki deep seaport begins operations in 2023, investor assures Lagos govt’, the frontline investor handling the project, Tolaram Group confirmed that the first phase of the seaport project is at 48 per cent completion.

The port, which is being financed by $629m facility from China Development Bank, is occupying 90 hectares in the entire 830 hectares of land carved out for the Lagos Free Zone, created in 2012 to enhance the economic position of Lagos as a manufacturing and logistics hub in West Africa.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration remained committed to delivering the project, stressing that the deep seaport and other investments happening in the corridor had the potential to increase the state’s Gross Domestic Product in multiple folds.

He said, “Since we signed a loan agreement less than 18 months ago, we have demonstrated strong capability in bringing the project to reality. This is the first quarter of 2021 and we have seen the project in about 48 per cent completion.

“The investors have given us the commitment on first quarter of 2023 completion date. We will fulfil all our parts to make sure this date becomes a reality.”

The governor added, “For us a government, this is the strongest point we have made with the project. I am fully convinced that the delivery of this project will transform commercial architecture of West Africa and bring about quick turnaround time in maritime sector.

“When it is completed, the deep seaport is expected to generate more than 170,000 direct and indirect job opportunities for Lagos residents, and serve as alternative in an effort to decongest the Federal Government-owned seaports in Apapa.”

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