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Buhari to Unveil Iconic Projects In Lagos Monday


President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Lagos on Monday for a two-day official visit to unveil iconic projects delivered by the Lagos State Government.

Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, at a joint news conference on Friday, said the event will mark the first official visit of the president to Lagos since 2019.

The projects expected to be unveiled by the President include Lekki Deep Sea Port, the 32-metric tonnes per-hour Lagos Rice Mill, one of the largest in the world; the 18.75-kilometre 6-lane rigid-pavement Eleko Junction to Epe Expressway; the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History and the iconic Lagos Blue Line rail project.

“To this end, we have tagged President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos ‘A Festival of Project Commissioning’.

“Mr President is scheduled to arrive in Lagos on Monday, 23rd of January via the Presidential Wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, where he will be received by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, some top government officials and dignitaries. There will be a short ceremony, which will include a cultural display, presentation of a bouquet and inspection of a guard of honour by the special guest.

“Thereafter, Mr Governor will lead the guest to the Lekki Deep Sea Port for the official commissioning of the largest Sea Port in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr President and his host will be received at the Lekki Deep Sea Port by top Government functionaries and board members of the Lekki Deep Sea Port. The chief host, Governor Sanwo-Olu is expected to deliver a speech to formally welcome our guest to Lagos. There will be a tour of the Lekki Deep Sea Port facility by the President, Mr Governor and other guests”, he said.

Omotoso added that the president is expected to drive through and commission the newly constructed Eleko Junction to Epe road project before departing for the Lagos Rice Mill in Imota, saying that the president would take a tour of the Rice Mill – a solid testimony to the Lagos State Government’s readiness to bridge the deficit in local rice production.

“We all know that Lagos is known for its remarkable hospitality and conviviality. These attributes will be on display in the evening of Monday, 23rd during the State banquet being organised in honour of our guest. Mr Governor and his spouse, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, will lead other dignitaries to give President Muhammadu Buhari a befitting Lagos welcome. There will be musical performances and other forms of entertainment to make the evening a very memorable one for Mr President and all the invited guests”, he said.

On day two, President Buhari would commission the MRS Lubricant factory, a private sector project in Apapa on Tuesday, 24th January.

“He will depart Apapa for the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History for its commissioning. He will take a tour of the Museum. The John Randle Museum, a bold attempt to curate our history and culture, will afford the President an opportunity to interact with art enthusiasts, curators, historians and academia, and students who have been invited to the programme.

“After that, Mr President will move to the Lagos Blue Line Rail Project in Marina, where different activities have been lined up for him. At the Blue Line Terminal, Mr President will witness the signing of the second phase of the rail project, from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko. He will also commission Phase I and take a train ride from Marina to Mile 2 and back, and depart Lagos,” he said.

Omotoso said there would be accreditation for journalists and photographers, adding that the media accreditation would be handled by the Media and Communication team from Friday, January 20.

“Also, all events will be broadcast live across several television and radio stations. All activities will be streamed live on different social media platforms. Arrangements are in top gear to give the visit maximum media coverage even beyond Nigeria. We count on you to make this event a great success. There are plans for transportation and safety issues during this visit. My colleagues will speak on such plans and take questions,” he said.