Gov. Ambode- $1.5bn Badagry port construction will begin in Sept

Governor of Lagos State, Gov. Akinwunmi
Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, said
construction of the planned $1.5 billion
Badagry Deep Seaport will commence in 2
months.
This came barely 6 days after the consortium
for the project expected to be the largest deep
sea port in Africa emerged.
Ambode disclosed this when he led a team to
inspect various developmental projects such as;
the ongoing expansion works on the Lagos-
Badagry Expressway into 10 lanes, Badagry
Deep Seaport, among others.
He said:
“We hope that in the next two months,
we would commence construction work
on this project. This is my reason for
coming here personally to see things for
myself.”
Assuring investors, he said,
“We know that they (investors) have
done their best to ensure the project
comes to fruition,” we will also do our
best to see the project commence
operation within the shortest possible
time.
“The project means a lot to us in terms
of employment and establishment of new
settlements,” the governor added.
Ambode stressed that his administration would
work effectively to bring development to the
communities in the state.
Appealing to the warring communities, the
governor said
“There are 12 communities here; we will
ensure that they are all compensated.
“But in a situation where we have one or
two communities still at the negotiation
stage, we will ensure that we reach
necessary conclusion.
“I just want to appeal to one of the
warring communities -Aivoji, that they are
safe.
In regards to the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, he
said:
“We are going to mobilise immediately to
see that what has been done from Mile 2
to National Theatre (end of the Blue line
of the Lagos lite rail) continue to Marina
within the next 12 months.”
“We should be able to put to use
whatever has been done from Mile 2 to
Marina. We will protect the interest of
every community by supporting them.
We will be working with them to ensure
that all issues are sorted out soon.”
“Even as we ensure that the project is
long lasting for generation yet unborn,”
Ambode added.
The governor noted that the commencement of
the project would not halt the ongoing Lagos-
Badagy Express road project, saying
“The project would be constructed
simultaneously with the ongoing
expansion of the Lagos-Badagry
expressway into 10 lanes.”
“And immediately they (CCECC)
commence work on the road project from
Mile 2 towards Badagry, once we pass
the aspect of Okokomaiko, we should be
able to do the Blue Rail from Mile 2 to
Okokomaiko.
“The Mile 2 Badagry Expressway is very
important to all of us and like we said,
it’s a project that we must finish. It’s a
project that I would like to be completed
within the shortest possible time, so I’ll
like to see greater work done on the road
project itself.”

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