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Buhari’s 2-day official visit will be festival of project commissioning ― Lagos govt –

The Lagos state government has revealed its readiness to host President Muhammadu Buhari on a two-day official visit to the state on Monday to launch five key projects, including the multi-billion Naira Lekki Deep Sea Port, 32 metric tons per ton port. Hours Lagos Rice Mill – rated as one of the largest in the world; 18.75 km long 6-lane rigid pavement Eleko Junction to Epe Highway and two other roads.

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner, made the announcement at a media briefing at the Bagauda Kalto Press Center in Arausa, Ikeja on Friday, and listed other projects, including the John Randall Yoruba Cultural and historical center and the iconic Lagos Blue Line Railway.

Omotoso, speaking alongside State Transport Commissioner Dr Frederic Oladeinde and others, said the 2-day visit was labeled: “Project Commissioning Festival” and it would be Mr President’s first official visit to Lagos State since assuming the Lagos State 2019 Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat took office in May 2009.

“I send you the greetings of Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who asked us to be here this morning for one purpose – to inform you that President Muhammadu Buhari will be visiting our dear country for two days As you know, this will be Mr. President’s first official visit to Lagos State since Governor Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat took office in May 2019.

“Although Mr. Governor received the President during his visit to Lagos, President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit next week will be different. During this visit, Mr. President will once again see the beauty of Lagos and Take this opportunity to witness and commission life-changing and people-centred projects from the Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Government.

“These projects are the Lekki Deep Sea Port, a symbol of a good working relationship between the public and private sectors; the 32 metric tons per hour Lagos Rice Mill, one of the largest in the world; the access to the Epe Highway the 18.75km 6-lane rigid pavement Eleko Junction; the John Randall Yoruba Cultural and Historical Center and the iconic Lagos Blue Line Railway Project.

“The President will also commission a private sector project, the MRS Lubricants Plant in Apapa.

“To this end, we have marked President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos as a ‘Project Commissioning Day’,” the commissioner said.

According to Omotoso, President Buhari is scheduled to arrive in Lagos on Monday, January 23, via the Presidential Wing at Murtala Muhammad Airport, where he will be received by some senior government officials and dignitaries from Governor Sanwo-Olu , and said there would be a brief ceremony that included a cultural display, flower laying and a special guest review of the guard of honor before the governor would lead the guests to the deep harbor of Lekki to formally commission the multimillion-dollar project, “Sub-Saharan Africa largest seaport.

“Mr. President and hosts will be received at Lekki Deep Sea Port by senior government officials and Lekki Deep Sea Port board members. Host Governor Sanvooglu is expected to deliver a speech formally welcoming our guests to Lagos. President, Governor Sir and other guests will visit the Lekki Deep Sea Port facility,” Omotoso said.

He said the president, after the exercise, drove through and commissioned the newly built Eleko Junction to Epe road project before heading to the Lagos rice mill in Imota, which he said Buhari would visit, which he described as ” A strong testament to the readiness of the Lagos State Government to make up for the shortfall in local rice production.”

“We all know that Lagos is renowned for its exceptional hospitality and conviviality. These attributes will be on display at a State Dinner for our guests on the evening of Monday 23rd. Mr. Governor and his wife Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu (Mrs. ) will lead other dignitaries in giving a proper Lagos welcome to President Muhammad Buhari. There will be musical performances and other forms of entertainment to make the evening memorable for Mr. President and all invited guests,” the Commissioner said.

Omotoso further stated that President Buhari will visit the private sector project MRS Lubricants Factory in Apapa on Tuesday, January 24 and commission Apapa on the second day of his visit, before going to Apapa Yoruba Culture and Commissioning of the Historic John Randall Center.

“After that, Mr. President will move to the Lagos Blue Line railway project at the terminal, where different events have been arranged for him. At the Blue Line terminal, Mr. President will witness the signing of the second phase of the railway project, which is from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko. He will also commission the first phase and take the train from the pier to Mile 2 and back before leaving Lagos,” he said.

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