By Godwin Oritse
THE Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has given the Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) technical approval to construct the Lekki deep seaport just as the Ministry of Environment has also approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the project.
The port project of the LFTZ is the first privately built port initiative in Nigeria and it will serve as a hub for the entire African region.
Disclosing this to newsmen in Lagos, the Group Managing Director of the LFTZ, Mr Haresh Aswani said that besides the approvals gotten, virtually every necessary material needed for the project is ready except for the infrastructural provisions.
In a letter conveying the approval, the management of the NPA noted that the designs and drawings were examined and found to be technically satisfactory for the construction work to commence.
Part of the letter reads: â€œPlease be notified that the final designs and drawings on the construction of the port at Lekki was examined and found to be technically satisfactory for the construction works.
â€œTherefore, I am pleased to convey the final technical approval in line with the approved drawings and specificationsâ€.
For the EIA report, the ministry urged the LFTZ to comply with the conditions of the environmental management plan for the project.
The ministry in its letter to the project director said that it will set an Impact Mitigation Monitoring team with other regulatory agencies.
The project when completed will create jobs for over 20,000 Nigerians, in addition to the fact that bigger vessels will be accommodated and this will lead to reduction in cost of moving refined petroleum and other products around the country.