By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had commended the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Gbenga Ashafa for attracting developmental initiatives to his consistency
Osinbajo who made the remarks, while representing President Muhamadu Buhari, at the Flag Off of the construction of the deep sea port, stated that “I must commend Senator Gbenga Ashafa for the role he played in the actualization of the Lekki Deep Sea port project. The land we are on today to flag off the construction of this project was acquired during the tenure of Senator Ashafa as the Executive Secretary of the Lands Bureau of Lagos State.
“The Senator who now represents this district at the National Assembly has been consistent in his activities geared towards the development of this district and the state and I am honoured to be sharing this platform with him today.”
The Vice President in his speech also stated that the project, when completed is expected to create up to 170,000 direct and indirect jobs in the economy.
According to him, “It is a landmark project for several reasons — the promoters of this project are targeting, we are told, about 1.5 million TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Units) container capacity annually, which they expect to grow to about 2.7 million and 4.7 million TEUs when the project commences.
”With this feat, this sea port will become one of the largest in our region and serve as a hub for ports operations in the whole of West Africa.
”There is no question at all that the project will be the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and possibly, the largest in Africa.”
Meantime, Ashafa commended the Muhamadu Buhari Government for its dedication to ensuring that every nook and cranny of Nigeria enjoys infrastructural projects.
He also commended the Federal Government and the Lagos State Government led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on behalf of the people of Ibeju Lekki and Lagos East for making the project a reality.