The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of $2.59 billion for the development of Badagry Deep Seaport in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.
The Minister of Transport, Muazu Sambo, who disclosed this at the end of this week’s cabinet meeting, informed Journalists that the project will be carried out under a public-private partnership scheme.
According to him, the private sector will inject money into the port, and manage it for 45 years.
“I presented a memo at the council, with respect to the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport, under the public-private partnership arrangement, where the private sector will inject money for the development of the port and at the end of the concessionary period, the port reverts to the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Ports Authority.
“The project court as approved by the council based on the final business case as approved earlier by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in line with extant laws stands at $2.59 billion. It is to be developed in four phases and the concessionary period is 45 years,” he explained.
Sambo said the decision taken by the government would further its goal of making Nigeria the maritime hub of the West and Central African regions.
He explained that the project would help Nigeria generate total revenue of $53.6 billion over the concession period as well as create jobs and attract foreign direct investments, culminating with an enhancement of the wellbeing of citizens.