– Lagos state Governor, Mr. Sanwoolu and House representatives members to assent to operations of two new ports in Lagos state
– the approval has become necessary to reduce the present congestion experienced in Apapa- Tin can ports
– Sanwo-Olu said that the additional ports are critical to the government’s vision of attracting additional Foreign Direct Investment(FDI)
The Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and members of the House of Representatives have urged the Federal Government to approve the operation of the Lekki and Badagry seaports in the state.
They said this when Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Port decongestion, Yusuf Yakub, of the House of Representatives, led other members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the State House, Alausa, Ikeja.
They stated that the approval has become necessary to reduce the present congestion experienced at Apapa and Tin can ports.
”More importantly, we need to look for a solution that will reflect on the two-port gateways of this nation, which are the Apapa and Tin Can Island ports. It is clear that those ports are overwhelmed because the level of yearly turnout coming out of them has since doubled,” Yakub said.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the additional ports are critical to the government’s vision of attracting additional Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, saying, “We are ready to ensure the actualization of the additional ports and that is why we are ready to provide the necessary assistance towards these.”
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He said: “Lagos needs two other ports which would not only serve us but also build the national economy. We have initiated the development of Lekki Seaport, which has started. We are building another port in Badagry.
”But, we are still in discussion with the Nigeria Ports Authority(NPA) to approve because we have added five developers, financiers, and partners on the Badagry Port. If we can finish the construction of both seaports, it would free up the congestion in Apapa axis and create a new business hub for our people.
“We see that, as the state grows there is the need for these additional facilities to grow with it. We all know that these two ports have been in existence over the years. We believe that these additional ports will decongest existing ports.”