Buhari unveils the Imota rice mill and the Lekki deep seaport in Lagos (photo)
President Muhamadu Buhari inaugurated the Lekki deep seaport and Imota rice mill facilities in Lagos on Monday.
The state administration had promised that commercial operations would start in 2023 after the deep seaport was finished in 2022.
NewsReport that out of the 830 hectares of land designated for the Lagos Free Zone, the project, built by China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), occupies 90 hectares (LFZ).
Situated in Lagos’ commercial center, the deep seaport will allow 18,000 TEU-capacity vessels, which are four times bigger than the ones berthing at Apapa seaports, thereby reducing the cost of container transportation from any part of the world.
On the other hand, the Imota project is a 32-metric-ton per hour rice mill built by the state to tackle food insecurity in the country.
The project, which has a yearly capacity of 2.8 million bags of 50 kg rice, is expected to generate 1,500 direct jobs and 254,000 indirect jobs.
Speaking at the inauguration, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos governor, said efforts would be made to ensure that the Lekki deep seaport is free from traffic and commuter frustration.
He added that the seaport would reduce unemployment in the country.
“This magnificent infrastructure is a result of the combined efforts of the federal government, Lagos state government, and the private sector. “It is going to generate thousands of jobs for citizens of Nigeria,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Buhari is expected to commission the John Randle Center for Yoruba Culture and History and hold the groundbreaking for Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko) tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24.
Below are some photos.