President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Imota Rice Mill, and Bestaf Lubricant at MRS Holdings Company Limited in Lagos State.
The projects are part of a series of facilities that Buhari will commission during his two-day visit to the state.
The Lekki Deep Sea Port is a joint venture between the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Lagos State Government, the Tolarams Group (owner of the Lagos Free Zone), and China Harbour Engineering Company.
According to a statement by Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President led Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Minister of Transportation, Muazu Sambo, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Ciu Jianchun, top government officials, and traditional rulers to witness the container ship’s overloading.
The governor of Lagos, who addressed the President on the occasion, stated that the vessels that will berth at the port will be four times the size of those that currently berth at Apapa and Tin Can Island Port.
“We are excited that in your own time, something fresh has been birthed in this country and it is going to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs,” he said.
In the same vein, the President’s Imota Rice Mill was “conceived and completed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
The Bestaf Lubricant, a 200-million-litre lubricant plant that covers the entire lubricant value chain, is the first of its kind in West Africa.
The President will lay the groundwork for the “historic first phase of the Blue Line of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit in Marina and the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History at Onikan roundabout” on Tuesday.