By Florence Onuegbu, Lagos.
The Lagos State Government says President Muhammadu Buhari will be inaugurating at least five projects during his two-day visit to Lagos State.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said this on Friday, at a news conference in Ikeja on the president’s visit from Jan. 23 to 24.
Omotoso said that one of the projects, which the president would inaugurate, was the Lekki Deep Sea Port — a symbol of a good working relationship between the public and private sectors.
He said that the other projects included the 32 tonnes per hour Lagos Rice Mill, one of the largest rice mills in the world, and the 18.75-kilometre, six-lane rigid-pavement Eleko Junction to Epe Expressway.
According to him, Buhari will also be inaugurating the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History and the iconic Lagos Blue Line rail project.
“As you are well aware, this will be the president’s first official visit to Lagos State since assumption of office by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat in May, 2019.
“Although the governor has hosted the president during some of his visits to Lagos, next week’s visit by President Muhammadu Buhari will be one with a difference.
“It is a visit where the president will, again, see the beauty of Lagos and take the opportunity to see first-hand and inaugurate the life-changing and people-oriented projects undertaken by the Sanwo-Olu administration,” he said.
The commissioner said that apart from the five government-executed projects, Buhari would also inaugurate a private sector project, MRS Lubricant Factory in Apapa.
To this end, the commissioner said that President Buhari’s visit to Lagos had been tagged “A Festival of Project Commissioning”.
Omotoso said that on arrival on Monday, Jan. 23, Buhari would be led by Sanwo-Olu to the Lekki Deep Sea Port for the official inauguration of the largest sea port in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He said that the president was expected to drive through and inaugurate the newly constructed Eleko Junction to Epe Road project before departing for the inauguration of the Lagos Rice Mill in Imota.
“We all know that Lagos is known for its remarkable hospitality and conviviality. These attributes will be on display in the evening of Monday, Jan. 23, during the State banquet, being organised in honour of our guest.
“The governor and his spouse, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, will lead other dignitaries to give the president a befitting ‘Lagos welcome’,” he said.
Omotoso said that on the second day, Jan. 24, the president would inaugurate the MRS Lubricant Factory in Apapa and the John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History.
The commissioner said that after that, Buhari would move to the Lagos Blue Line Rail Project in Marina, where he would witness the signing of the contract for the second phase of the rail project — from Mile 2 to Okokomaiko.
He will inaugurate the Phase I and take a train ride from Marina to Mile 2 and back and depart from Lagos.