By Michael Adesanya
Ogun State Government on Tuesday began arrangements to resuscitate the abandoned Olokola sea port project.
This move is part of government’s move to improve the capacity of Nigeria’s transportation system.
Ogun State Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele made this known when she led government delegation on a visit to the Managing Director of Nigeria Port Authority(NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala Usman at the Port Headquarters, Marina, Lagos.
Salako-Oyedele pointed out that the Sea Port is important for the country and the State.
The Deputy Governor stated that the team’ s visit to the management of NPA was to seek expert advice and ensure synergy between the state government and NPA before taking further steps.
Her words: ” The Olokola sea port is fantastic for Nigeria, even our State and that’s why we are very keen to attract investors to this project and to let them see how we can rescuscitate it, vis-a-vis the development further down the coast of Lagos at the moment and see how we can work through and what scale we can re-introduce the project as to what it was in early 2000 when it was first envisaged” she said.
She added that a meeting was held with UAE officials at the Consulate General, United Arab Emirates Affairs in Lagos on how to attract investment to the state.
The move informed the visit of Fujairah’s Chief Executive Officer and its Head of Strategy from the United Arab Emirates to Ogun State for an assessment which included an aerial survey and view of Apapa, Tin -can Island and Olokola in order to have an idea of what the project is about.
The Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman commended the State Government for the move, saying it was important to have cleared locations in terms of environmental issues, noting that Ondo State Government had brought similar proposal and it is important to encourage collaboration between the two states to work together as one.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi said a project of this nature might be localised but the impact is national, hence the need to let the would-be investors know that the state government has the cooperation and full support of the relevant authorities for the project, as it would facilitate national development of local economy.
The Acting Chief Executive of Fujairah Terminals, Abdulaziz Al Balooshi, said the visit to Ogun State was to assess the state of the project as well as identify where to come in and partner with the State government on the project.
Earlier, there was an helicopter ride by the State government delegation with the Fujairah team for an aerial survey and view of Apapa, Tin -can Island and Olokola area.