Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday said Lagos needs two additional seaport, one at the Eastern axis and the other at the Western axis of the state.
Sanwo-Olu made this statement when the ad-hoc committee on ports decongestion led by Honourable Yusuf Buba Yakub paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House, Alausa Ikeja.
In his address Sanwo-Olu said the ports sector is not only critical to us in Lagos but it is critical to the economy of Nigeria, if we want to be serious about the development of this economy.
‘It is clear to us that the development of the city called Lagos has outgrown those ports. The level of the yearly tonnage from those ports has since doubled. That means that the capacity that was developed at that time given the volume of business that we are doing from these ports have actually doubled. It is not out of place that one will see a lot of pressure and congestion around the ports.
‘For us in Lagos, we are proactive to ensure that the gridlocks within the ports are solved. That is why it is critically that Lagos State needs two other ports. This will not only solve the gridlocks within the ports but been the economic nerve centre of the country. We have put on the table the development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, which I must say to you that it has started and Badagry Deep seaport. We have both ports on the eastern and western parts of Lagos.
‘We are still in conversation with NPA to grant the approval because we have identified the developers, partners, and financiers for the Badagry Seaports. If we can see the construction and development of both ports, the congestion that we see at the Apapa and Tin Can ports will reduce. It will also spread development across the country especially in Lagos State. It will be a lot easier for anyone that has come to lift goods from the ports to their warehouse. We will also reduce all other illegal smugglings that had existed.’
He appealed to the ad-hoc committee ports decongestion to use their good committee and NPA to help advance the conversation
In his remarks Chairman ad-hoc committee on ports decongestion, Honourable Yakub said they are in Lagos to investigate why the Tin Can and Apapa Ports are not working maximally, noting that the two importance of the seaports to the country’s economy.