The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has asked contractors handling the Lekki Deep Seaport project to speed up work to enable government grant necessary approvals before the next general election in Nigeria.
He issued this statement in a statement while inspecting the ongoing construction of the facility in Lagos.
“I want to congratulate you for the very huge progress, by the time we came here, there were no civil works. It was just pure sand, you have tried.
“I am suggesting that if you work day and night you will go far and complete the work before commissioning. If the President sees it, approval will be easier.
“You need to speed up the work so we can get approval from the government side before election, process of election will be completed in July.
“This is because by law, six months to election people start politics and if you wait till that time, you won’t meet anyone in the office,” he said.
Amaechi said that the port should be automated to avoid all forms of physical contact.
Speaking during the tour, the Chief Technical Officer, Lekki Port, Steven Heukelom, explained that construction work on the project was on course and as scheduled.