The $1.5 billion Lekki deep seaport project has been unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday at the Ibeju-Lekki,part of Lagos State.
The president waved at the crowd after arriving at the commissioning location a few minutes after 4 o’clock.
According to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on behalf of the president, he thanked the crowd for waiting patiently for him to show up for the ceremonial commissioning despite the delay.
He clarified that the president made the decision to give the crowd the presidential wave as a show of gratitude for their patience throughout the delay.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Our partners that have travelled far and wide to come here, he loves all of you that is why he said he will come and give a presidential wave to all of you, thank you all for coming.
“Mr President, you can see that it has been a total combination of the Federal Government, Lagos state and the private sector. And we are happy that this is happening in your time, it started in your time and it has been completed in your time as well. We are indeed excited that the vessels that will be coming in here will be four times bigger than the size of the vessels that have been coming in at TinCan and Apapa ports.
“So it is a big massive infrastructure and we are indeed excited that in your time, something fresh has come to the country and it is going to generate thousands of jobs directly and indirectly to the entire ecosystem. This is one project that we are excited and with all our partners and agencies who have worked tirelessly to bring about what we are seeing here today. And of course, we thank the locals for understanding that this is an investment that has come to them”