The federal government says the Lekki Deep Seaport will be a major game-changer in Nigeria’s maritime economy with corresponding benefits for the western and central sub-regions of Africa.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, revealed a statement by Anastasia Ogbonna, Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations of the Ministry, in Abuja.

Ajani made this known when he led a ministerial team in a quarterly inspection of work progress at the deepwater port of Lekki in Lagos.

According to her, the port is designed to be the deepest port in West Africa.

The inspection consisted of an audiovisual briefing by Lekki Port Enterprises management, contractors China Harbor Engineering Co. Ltd and project managers Louis Berger Intl., As well as a physical inspection of the works at the place.

Ajani said developers were working assiduously to meet the fourth quarter 2022 deadline for the start of commercial operations as indicated by Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi.

The permanent secretary was accompanied on the inspection by the Director of Maritime Services, Awal Suleiman, the Director of Legal Services, Pius Oteh, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello.

Others include the Managing Director of the Nigerian Port Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, Bashir Jamoh and other technical officers from the Ministry and the Agencies.

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