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Buhari inaugurates fertilizer plant, airport terminal in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari Commissions the New Terminal 2 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, on 22nd March 2022. Photo, Sunday Aghaeze

President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a $2.5 billion Dangote Fertilizer Plant in Lagos.

The plant, dubbed Africa’s largest granulated urea fertiliser complex, is located in Lagos’s Lekki Free Trade Zone.

President Buhari stated during the ribbon-cutting ceremony that the facility would reduce Nigeria’s reliance on imports and raise foreign exchange, while also creating additional jobs, reducing poverty, and increasing wealth.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group of Industries, stated that the company was collaborating with farmer associations, corporate farms, NPK blenders, development partners, and state governments across Nigeria, as well as with foreign governments seeking a sustainable approach to soil and crop yield improvement.

President Buhari, accompanied by APC leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, also inspected construction work at the Lekki Deep Sea Port in Lagos.

Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, had told journalists that inviting the President compelled contractors overseeing the project to expedite work.

Mr Amaechi said that the project is scheduled to be completed in September.

Mohammed Bello Koko, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, said the Lekki Deep Sea Port would provide speedy delivery and clearance of products and cargoes.

The Deep Sea Port, in Ibeju Lekki, began construction in 2017 and is expected to add $461 billion to the country’s GDP over the next 35 years.

The state government of Lagos invested N106 million in the project.

Still in Lagos, President Buhari inaugurated the new Murtala Mohammed International airport terminal, declaring that it would usher in a new age of safety, security, and comfort for the Nigerian aviation industry.

He stated that the federal government would continue to invest in infrastructure, which he stated would result in job creation and an improvement in the country’s socio-economic condition.

According to him, the terminal would boost airport operations and management services to about 14 million passengers per year, resulting in favourable multiplier effects.

He urged the Aviation Minister to expedite the airport concessions program and the Abuja second runway.

The minister, Senator Hadi Sirika assured the president that the concession project had reached an advanced stage.

“Before the end of March, the Ministry will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the shortlisted firms. We anticipate announcing a partner in the second quarter of 2022 and handing over by the fourth quarter of 2022”, he said.

During the ceremony, the Ministry of Aviation and the Lagos State Government signed an MoU for the construction of a by-pass in the Alimosho local government area near the airport to alleviate bottlenecks and promote seamless travel to the airport.

Reporting by Omolara Omosanya, Fubara Pepple and Nosa Aituamen; editing by Muzha Kucha and Saadatu Albashir