The Federal Government has expressed its readiness to build what it called the “biggest seaport” in the country in Badagry, Lagos.
Jonathan stated this at the 37th coronation anniversary of the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu-Toyi I. The occasion took place at his palace in Badagry, Lagos.
Represented by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, the president said the decision to establish the seaport was part of the Federal Government’s transformation agenda.
Giving reasons for the choice of Badary, Jonathan said: “Badagry is a historic town and it is the cradle of tourism, so we hold it in high esteem. For over 100 years, Badagry was the exporting point in Nigeria. Slaves were being exported out of the country through Badagry. We are making plans to build a seaport in Badagry which will be bigger than the one in Ibeju-Lekki. The reason for this is to ensure that Badagry exports everything from Nigeria to the whole of Europe”.
According to him, with this, Badagry would be redeemed of it lost glory, and also we are not going to marginalise Badagry because it is important to the country.
Jonathan commended the Akran for instilling peace in Badagry, pointing out that Badagry is a very peaceful place and the Akran must be commended for that.
He stated that Badagry is a town of many ethnic groups and religions but the monarch has been able to unite everyone together.
“We appreciate your efforts and we pray God keeps on giving you strength to live for many more years,” he said.
Responding, the Akran appreciated the gesture of the Federal Government to develop Badagry after several years of neglect.
Menu-Toyi urged the government not to relent in the ongoing projects in the area, especially the development of Air Force School and vehicles assembly plant.
“I would keep on doing my best in ensuring that peace continues to reign in the town.” the Akran said.