THERE are indications that both the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government have concluded plans to construct a mega port with a view to decongesting the Lagos ports.
Disclosing this at the inauguration of chairmen of both the boards of the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency held in Abuja, Transport Minister Senator Idris Umar said that the moves is in line with government plan to develop new ports across the country.
Umar also stated that the effort is geared towards resolving the over stretched facilities at the existing ports in the country.
The minister explained that besides the Badagry port that is currently being worked upon, the ground breaking ceremony for the development of a deep sea port in Lekki will be performed soon adding that a steering and development Committee for the Ibaka deep sea port has been set up.
He disclosed that a due diligence report on the Ibaka sea port has been produced just as a transaction adviser appointed for the project.
The transport Minister said "The Federal Government is making concerted effort towards ensuring the development of deep sea ports .
"This is the ultimate solution to the over stretched existing ports and in this regards, the ground breaking for the actual development of the Lekki Deep sea port will be performed soon while in the case of Ibaka deep sea port in Akwa Ibom State, a steering and development has been has since been constituted with membership drawn from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Akwa Ibom State government and the Infrastructural Concessional Regulating Committee (ICRC)
"The Committee has since commenced its assignment and Transaction adviser appointed and the Adviser has produced a due diligence report.
" I wish to add that discussions are in progress between the Federal Ministry of Transport, Nigerian Ports Authority on one side, the Lagos State Government and some investors to develop the Badagry deep sea port".
He further disclosed that the government is also developing a gas revolution port center in Ogidigbe in Escravos near Warri adding that the project is in progress.
The Minister urged the newly appointed Chairmen and members of both boards to work with the agencies in implementing government's policies and programmes in line with their mandate.
He advised the appointees to ensure that their agencies work assiduously to meet targets set in the performance agreement the President signed with the various ministries.
"As you are aware, Mr President has signed the Performance Agreement with all ministries on specific deliverables in his resolve to transform and change the approach to governance in such a way that each sector is challenged to deliver not only on the input but also the outcome and indeed the direct impact of each project to the citizenry.
"The performance agreement is cascaded down between the Ministries and all directors of the ministry and Heads of agencies, you are expected to acquaint yourselves with the key performance indicators specific to your agencies and assiduously work towards meeting the targets set in the performance agreement" he added.