Hunpe gave the assurance on the sidelines of the presentation of relief materials by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Lagos.
According to him, there are processes being taken to see to the fulfilment of the project but unfortunately, it takes time and thus the delays experienced in the project.
“ It is because of these processes to be taken that the project is delayed ,” he said.
Hunpe noted that the project had been discussed at the floor of the house, when the issue of Apapa gridlock was being discussed.
He said that the Badadgry Deep Seaport needed to come on board to decongest container traffic at the Apapa port.
“I met the former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), we had a long discussion and she disclosed the level that they were, which gave the assurance that the project was coming up.
Speaking on evacuation of cargo, Hunpe said that government that was planning the project would have put proper mode of evacuation into consideration.
“The reason government is repairing the Badagry road is to also serve the Deep Seaport project and the many countries connected by the road to aid evacuation of cargoes.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to put more effort to ensure that the road is completed on time,” he said.
The Badagry Deep Seaport project is being executed through a public-private partnership (PPP) overseen by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Lagos State Government as well as private consortium of APM Terminals, Orlean Invest, Oando, Terminal Investment Ltd and Macquarie.
The deep seaport is located in the Gberefun area of Badagry, along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, about 55 kilometers west of the Apapa and Tin Can Island Port complexes. (NAN)