The Lagos State Government said on Thursday that preparations to begin development of the Badagry Seaport in the state have moved to an advanced stage.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu made the announcement in Lagos at the Ndigboamaka Progressive (Markets) Association’s All Markets Conference 2022 (AMC’22), whose topic was “Development and Sustainability of the Nation’s Economy.”
The new seaport, according to Sanwo-Olu, will be built in the Badagry area of the state to relieve traffic congestion at the Apapa Seaport.
The governor stated that the state government had already secured property for the project and was just waiting for the Federal Executive Council’s permission (FEC).
He explained that the facilities at the Apapa Seaport are overstretched, while efforts to reduce the challenges at the port by the government had produced a little results.
Sanwo-Olu promised that the construction of the new seaport at Lekki would be completed before the end of 2022.
He said: ”The government will start the construction of Badagry Port very soon. Apapa Port is overstretched and the capacity is becoming inadequate.
”For the Badagry Port, we have already secured land and we are only waiting for the FEC approval to commence work.”
The governor promised that work on the Mile 2-Badafry road would be completed by the end of 2022.
Sanwo-Olu warned traders to use extra caution when dealing with fires, particularly during the dry season, noting that fire outbreaks are more common between October and March each year.
“We regularly see incidences of fire outbreaks during this season,” he says. At this time, flammable items and materials should be avoided in and around markets.”
While commenting on the state’s frequent building collapses, Sanwo-Olu advised locals to use quality and standard materials and use professionals for construction jobs.
Earlier in his opening remark, Dr Jude Okeke, the President, of Ndigboamaka, appealed to the state government to carry along the traders in their policies and laws.