…Blue Light rail, Imota rice mill, others to follow

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday commissioned the $1.5bn Lekki Deep Seaport in Lagos, the country’s bustling commercial capital.

Buhari, who is in Lagos on a two-day working visit, is expected to commission a number of other iconic projects in what the state government has tagged ‘A Festival of Project Commissioning’.

President Buhari arrived at the Lekki Deep Seaport accompanied by Governors Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, former Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, among others. He was received by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State Executive Council.

Sanwo-Olu, speaking after Buhari unveiled the Lekki Deep Seaport, described the project as the biggest infrastructure in West Africa that is bound to generate thousands of jobs in the country.

The project, he said, is a collaboration between the Federal Government, Lagos State government, and private stakeholders.

“We are indeed excited that the project execution started during your administration and it is now completed during your tenure,” Sanwo-Olu told Buhari.

Ahead of Buhari’s visit, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga, had listed the projects to be inspected and commissioned by Buhari to include the Lekki Deep Sea Port, the 32-metric tons per hour Lagos Rice Mill, the 18.75-km 6-lane rigid-pavement Eleko Junction to Epe Expressway, The John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History as well as the iconic Lagos Blue Line rail project.

He said Buhari would also commission a private sector project, MRS Lubricant factory, in Apapa.:

The state Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, had also announced that there would be traffic restriction and diversion on Lagos Island on Monday and Tuesday, while assuring residents that alternative routes had been mapped out and that the the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) would be adequately deployed to manage traffic flow during the two-day visit.