The dream of having a deep sea port in the Badagry division of Lagos State will be actualized soon.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu gave the assurance during a stakeholders meeting and community engagement on the Badagry Deep Seaport Project in Topo area of the ancient Town.
Governor Sanwo-olu stated that construction of the deep sea port would commence in June this year once the Federal government grants the State ratification next month.
The Governor who assured residents of Badagry that his administration is determined to push development to the axis, reiterated the government’s readiness to compensate residents for economic losses on buildings, ancestral lands, farms and sites as a result of the deep seaport.
“The Badagry Deep Sea Port Project is not just one project; it is a multi-level opportunity for progress for all the people of this State in view of the volume of trade and quantum of investment opportunities that would spring up in the area when the project commences, and when it is completed and operational. Very importantly, employment and capacity building for the teeming youth and women in the affected communities will be prioritized.
“As you are all aware, when completed, this deep sea port will be the second in the State after the one in Lekki, which is projected to be commissioned this year. It is expected that with these two deep sea ports, we will experience significant relief from the difficult challenges being experienced in the Apapa axis as a result of the activities at Tin Can port which has been overstretched beyond its installed capacity.” he said
The Governor assured the residents that his administration would deliberately push more development to Badagry.
Speaking on behalf of the host communities, the Alapa of Apa kingdom, Oba Adekanbi Ajose, explained that ten out of the twelve host communities to the Badagry Deep Seaport are in full support of the project because they believe it would attract more development to the Badagry axis and urged other communities to support the project.
Correspondent Omolara Omosanya reports that the Badagry Deep Seaport project was birthed ten years ago during the administration of Mr Babatunde Fashola but is yet to see the light of day.