Lekki Port: Nigeria Not About Kidnapping, Banditry, Boko Haram – Lai Muhammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed



The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, on Wednesday, said Nigeria is not only about kidnapping, banditry and terrorism, but also developmental projects.


Lai Muhammed who disclosed this yesterday at the on the spot assessment of the Lekki Deep Seaport project, said the deep seaport is an example of first class project built by the current administration.


According to him, the port when operational, will wrest cargo from neighboring ports of Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire.


He said, “Overall, this is another example of the first class infrastructure being developed across the country by this administration. Whether it is roads, rail, airport terminals, gas pipelines, housing, ports, just name it. And at this stage, I want to appeal to our colleagues in the media to play up these developmental efforts instead of concentrating energy on negativity.


“That’s why we embark on these tours with a large retinue of journalists. Let the world know that Nigeria is not all about kidnapping, terrorism and banditry. It is also about massive developments that are unprecedented.”



According to him, with the economic of scales, the cargoes coming to the country will be cheaper and that will enable Nigeria wrestle its lost cargoes from neighboring ports.


He said, “we will have the deepest seaport in west Africa. That means vessels that are five time, six times bigger that we couldn’t handle today will come and when we look at the economy of scales, then it becomes cheaper to ship goods through this port.”


“Beyond that, when it begins operation in the last quarter of this year, it will make it possible for Nigeria to regain the maritime business that was lost to ports in Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. It is also a big boost to Nigeria in its quest to take advantage of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).”


“A major advantage we have to leverage is transshipment. With this port, Nigeria will become a transshipment hub and the revenue we are currently losing to our neighboring countries will come here.”


The minister who said the aggregate impact of the project has been put at $361billion in 45 years on the nation’s economy said the project will create 169,972 jobs and bring revenues totalling $201billion to State and Federal governments through taxes, royalties and duties.


“The investment is huge, $1.53 billion on fixed assets and $800million on construction. But, the aggregate impact has been put at $361 billion in 45 years, which will be over 200 times the cost of building it.


“In addition, it will create 169,972 jobs and bring revenues totalling $201billion to state and federal governments through taxes, royalties and duties. The direct and induced business revenue impact is estimated at $158billion, in addition to a qualitative impact on manufacturing, trade and commercial services sector.”


Mohammed, also reiterated that the seaport will begin operation by last quarter of 2022, saying the second and third phase of the development will be completed by the promoters.


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