Nigeria is reclaiming hub status as Lekki port has reached 80% completion

Nigeria’s drive to regain its place as a maritime hub in West and Central Africa is gaining momentum as the country’s first deep-sea port. Lekki Port is 80 percent completed, announced Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited.

Nigeria has lost its hub status to the port of Lome due to the shallow draft and archaic infrastructure of the ports of Apapa and Tin-Can Island, but at 16.5 meters, Lekki Port will be one of the deepest in West and Central Africa.

However, in a Lekki Port completion status report made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, dredging and reclamation work has hit 89.93 percent, while quay wall construction has hit 85.65 percent.

The report goes on to say that the cost of completing the construction work on the breakwater has improved significantly, as it now stands at 79.66 percent, while the construction of the onshore infrastructure in the port has now attracted a lot of attention at 67.82 percent .

With a completion rate of 80 percent, however, construction could be completed in the third quarter of 2022, while commercial operations will begin as planned in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Remember that the chairman, Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise Limited l.

“We understand the importance of this project to the Nigerian economy and will do our part to ensure that it is delivered on time,” he said.

He further emphasized that when completed, Lekki Port will be a world-class port operated with first-class equipment to ensure smooth operations and to meet global environmental standards.

He added that the port of Lekki is the deepest seaport in the sub-Saharan Africa region and would serve as a transshipment point for the region.

For his part, the acting managing director of the NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, said the agency had started sourcing all the necessary marine equipment.

He assured that the agency was ready to do its part to ensure a smooth start of the port operations after the construction work is completed.

“The NPA has started to acquire all necessary marine equipment, including tugs and mooring boats,” said the acting chief executive of the NPA.

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