Chinese-built Nigerian deepwater port put into operation

Source: 开放司 / Updated: 2023-02-16

On January 23, 2023, the Nigerian Lekki Deep Sea Port Project invested, constructed and operated by Chinese enterprises, was opened and put into operation in Lagos State in the southwest of Nigeria. President Buhari of Nigeria, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun, Governor Babajid Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and others attended the ceremony. Buhari delivered a speech at the dinner held after the ceremony, saying that the completion and operation of Lekki Deep Sea Port will create a new pattern for Nigeria's economic development, give a strong impetus to the export of Nigeria's local products, especially agricultural products, and increase the country's foreign exchange income. Cui Jianchun pointed out in his speech that Lekki Port is a concrete practice for Chinese enterprises to transform their roles from engineering contracting to investment and operation, and it is expected to become one of the most modern and efficient ports in sub-Saharan Africa after it is put into operation, and become a new engine to promote Nigeria's economic development.

Lekki Port is the largest port in Nigeria, and the project is the first modern deepwater port project in Nigeria. The project started construction in June 2020 and was completed in October 2022, with an annual design capacity of 1.2 million TEUs.