Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise (LPLE), the promoters of Lekki Deep Sea Port have commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his recent directive to link all the nation’s seaports to rail infrastructure as part of government’s effort to grow the economy.
The General Manager Projects, Mr. Steven Heukelom who spoke on behalf of LPLE during the recent Africa Region of International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Conference & Exhibition held in Abuja, lauded the directive describing it as a positive step towards facilitating efficient movement of cargo in seaports across Nigeria including Lekki Port when it becomes operational.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari made this pronouncement while declaring open the IAPH conference which was witnessed by esteemed stakeholders, senior government officials as well as the participants from all over Africa and indeed the World.
He had said “We understand that this interconnectivity will improve the country’s economic competitiveness as targeted under the Economic Recovery and Growth plan (ERGP). So, for starters, I have directed that every port must have the complement of rail infrastructure and our projections is that by the end of 2021, we will have standard gauge railway across the main North-South trading route. The same level of serious attention is being given to the improvement of road infrastructure. At the moment, 25 major highways and 44 roads are under construction across the six geo political zones of the country”
The conference which was organized by Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority and current Vice President of IAPH, African Region was well organized and well attended, and the outcome of the deliberations during the conference will no doubt yield visible improvements in port services everywhere.