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FG reaffirms support for Port@Lekki … tells NPA to make Nigerian ports competitive
24 August 2010

Minister of Transport, Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman has restated Federal Government's commitment to support the Port@Lekki, Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ). The Minister who commended the efforts of the operators and pledged the support of his ministry stated this when he paid a working visit to the LFTZ penultimate Thursday.

Suleiman noted that upon the completion of the port, the port will boost the maritime sector thus having a huge positive impact on the growth of the nation's economy. According to the Minister, "the Government's decision to approve the project is in line with its commitment to develop the economy through Public Private Partnership." He stressed that with the location of West Africa's first deep water port in the zone, the Port@Lekki when fully developed will play a huge role in decongesting the Lagos ports. "The Nigerian Ports Authority will work with the management of Lekki Port to give the needed support to ensure the project is completed on time" Suleiman said.

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Director of Finance, Lekki Port Lagos Free Trade Zone, Mr Kundan Sainani, in a presentation during the visit pointed the proposed port, which has a draft of 17 meters on the Atlantic coast would be the first deep water port in West Africa to simultaneously handle three container vessels of 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) capacity, one 45,000 deadweight (DWT), one 160,000 DWT liquid bulk vessel and one 50,000 metric tons (MT) dry bulk vessel.
According to Sainani the Port@Lekki a private sector initiative located inside the Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ), Itoke Village, Ibeju- Lekki area, along the Atlantic coast 65km east of Lagos when fully developed will cover an area of 1,500 hectares. "The proposed port with its size and scale is set to be a world class, modern integrated port in Nigeria with dedicated terminals for containers, dry bulk, liquid cargoes and will be able to accommodate Suezmax".

"Providing an efficient maritime gateway to Nigeria, the port will be developed in phases to meet the burgeoning trade to and from the country. The size and scale of the port along with its state-of-the-art facilities will make it an ideal trans-shipment hub capable of servicing and opening investment links along the entire West African coast, thereby, reducing pressure on existing ports" Suleiman said.

Speaking further Sainani said "construction of the Port@Lekki is expected to begin in first quarter of the year 2011 as about a dozen potential EPC contractors recently selected by the Lekki Port are expected to submit their bids by September 2010. The contract will be awarded by the end of 2010 and contractors mobilized in the first quarter of 2011."
Meanwhile, Suleiman has said that the responsibility of ensuring that Nigerian ports are competitive and able to attract foreign investment rest on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Suleiman who stated this when he visited the facilities of the NPA at the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) and the Continental Shipyard Limited (CSL) in Lagos noted that despite this fact the growth of the port industry in Nigeria is a collective responsibility all the organisations and other maritime stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry. In the words of Minister "I am impressed with the commitment and dedication of both staff and personnel of the NPA and other venture partners. The dedication has provided peaceful and efficient, navigation and safety in our waters" Minister advised NPA to start the preparation of the 2011 budget so that the authority's commitment in providing infrastructure and common user facilities will not be hindered. Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Abdul Salam Mohammed has said that NPA is committed to achieve its vision of making Nigerian ports the leading ports in Africa.

Mohammed has also expressed the determination of NPA to build a virile port industry.

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