President Muhammadu Buhari today congratulated the Federal Ministry of Transport, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and all stakeholders in the maritime industry on the successful berthing of the first vessel at Lekki Deep Seaport.
The vessel, ZHEN HUA 28, delivered three Ship to Shores (STS) cranes and 10 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) that would assist in the evacuation of ship cargoes to shore.
The President reiterated that his approval of four new seaports in the country, including Lekki Deep Seaport, “depends on the growth of the economy, the creation of huge job opportunities, an influx of foreign investment and trade facilitation”.
He commended the staff and management of the country’s maritime sector who are working around the clock to make the operationalization of the Lekki deep-sea port before the end of the year a reality, reassuring them of his commitment to supporting the investments in these new assets.
President Buhari acknowledged that the country’s marine and aquatic resources “are critical to the livelihoods of Nigerians and the government will spare no effort to successfully harness the potential of the sector.”
Built by China Harbor Engineering, the $2 billion Lekki Deep Seaport sits in the Lagos Free Trade Zone. According to the Director General of the Nigeria Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko, who received the vessel “Zhen Hua 28” yesterday, the Lekki Deep Seaport, once operational, would reduce vessel waiting time by 50-60%.
“Today’s successful delivery to Lekki Deep Seaport of three state-of-the-art Super Post Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) Cranes and 10 Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) demonstrates NPA’s unwavering commitment to to provide the necessary support to place Nigeria on the global list of countries with deep seaports.