Within hours of the official inauguration of the deep-water port of Lekki, the port received the first commercial container ship on Sunday.

Announcing the development via its Twitter account, the Nigerian Ports Authority said the vessel was owned and operated by French shipping company CMA/CGM.

“Ahead of commissioning by the president of @LekkiPort for commercial operations tomorrow (Monday), one of the largest container ships, the CMA-CGM, has docked at the port. Once again, @NigerianPorts has shown that it is prepared to offer maritime services for port operations without problems,” the tweet read.

President Maj. Gen. Muhammad Buhari (ret.) will inaugurate the $1.5 billion deep-water port of Lekki for commercial operations on Monday.

The Lekki deep water port is one of the largest seaports in the country and one of the largest in West Africa which will revolutionize the way goods are transported and traded in Nigeria.

However, the developers revealed that the Lekki port would not only improve efficiency and connectivity, but would also serve as an important engine for economic growth in the region.

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