The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the appointment of a company called Alcuff to provide towage services at the Lekki deep seaport.
Ademola Adegoroye, the minister of state for transportation, told State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the concession will run for 10 years, and that it has become very important to provide towage owing to the fact that there is the need to service the new Lekki Deep Seaport and the Dangote Jetty.
“Ship berthing will be easier, and discharge of goods will be a lot easier. Of course, there was the argument that why would the company that provides such services at Apapa Port and Lagos Tin-Can Island Port not do it? We think that it will overstretch that company and because it would overstretch them, they will not be able to cope. They may not have the capacity to cope.
“Secondly, we want the Lekki Deep Seaport and the Dangote Jetty to be able to perform maximally. So, FEC agreed with us and has given a 10-year concession to that company, Messrs Alcuff, to carry out towage services at the Lekki Deep Sea Port and the Dangote Jetty,” he said.
Adegoroye also said the cabinet approved the sum of N495 million for the installation of scanners in all railway stations across the country.
“You will all agree with me that in view of the importance of the security of lives and property such equipment has to be installed at our railway stations.
“We are starting the railway revolution; we are trying to put in place a lot of things in the railways; we don’t want people to come and damage all that the government has been trying to put in place in that sector.
“So, today, there was a memo before the council for the provision of baggage scanners at railway stations and I am happy to inform you that the council agreed with us and approved that contract for scanners to be installed at railway stations.
“When people get there and they have goods, they can pass through the scanners and we can be sure that there is nothing that can cause violence or inflict danger or put lives and property at stake,” he said