China Harbour Engineering LFTZ Enterprise (CHELE) announced the completion of Lekki Port, Nigeria’s deepest and one of West Africa’s biggest ports.
The facility was handed over to the Lekki Free Port Terminal last Monday, October 31, at the Port located at Itoke Village, Ibeju Lekki. This momentous event comes ahead of the scheduled commissioning of the $1.5 billion seaport slated next month.
Several dignitaries and honorable guests, including the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, the Governor of Lagos State, and executives of both CHELE and the Lekki Port, graced the ceremony.
Vice President of China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) and Lekki Port Director Wu Di shared initial plans for the seaport’s operations. He said that the container terminal operator, the Lekki Free Port Terminal (a division of the CMA/CGM group), would now be able to take control of the Port in preparation for the resumption of port operations.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also spoke during the ceremony and praised the project's quick completion, pointing out that the port would generate up to 200,000 job opportunities within communities near the port area.
In full support of the project, he promised to upgrade and expand roads leading to the port to ensure seamless cargo movement.
He also noted that with the projected 1.2 million TEUs, the deep sea port positions Lagos State as a maritime hub.
"This port will position the state as the new maritime logistics hub not only in West African in the whole of Central African but also West African region while positioning Nigeria to attain the full leadership position of AfCFTA," he stated.
Lekki Port, Chairman of the Board of Directors Abiodun Dabiri, echoed the governor's sentiments. He also noted what this landmark project means regarding Nigeria and China's partnership.
"This project is a poster child for how effective global cooperation and collaboration can bridge the infrastructural gap in Nigeria. We thank the government of China, which enabled China Harbour Engineering Company and China Development Bank to invest in Lekki Port, and we equally thank the President Muhammadu Buhari government which provided an enabling environment for this investment to flourish," he shared.