Fashola Unveils 2.4million Square Metres Of Reclaimed Land In New Eko Atlantic City
…Says the future is now within touching distance
Mar 16, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola(SAN) on Wednesday unveiled two million, four hundred square meters of reclaimed land in the Eko Atlantic City, revealing that in the next 24months, the area will witness the emergence of a 24 storey business centre building.
Governor Fashola who spoke at the Atlantic City during the opening ceremony which was held at the new city off the Lagos Bar Beach explained that the city would be a new city on the coast which will run and operate like any other city in the world.
He said the new city will come with 24 hours electricity, a new business centre, housing accommodation and a very efficient and reliable transportation, adding: "This is the future that Lagos promised and this is the future that is now within touching distance. The future has started, Lagosians are welcome to it".
The Governor described the two million, four hundred square metres of reclaimed land as a momentous milestone in the Atlantic City project which was a dream driven by the party of ideas, the Action Congress of Nigeria led Government in Lagos.
"We worked very hard to find reliable partners and people like South Energyx who put their trust, energy and time as well as their belief in the integrity of the Lagos Government to deliver the project".
"There are so many vistas and aspects to what we commemorate here today. We are reclaiming and restoring the geographical territory of Lagos State and by extension Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are reclaiming land that has been lost to the Atlantic year on year through uncontrollable erosion that has now been brought under control", the Governor explained.
He explained that during the rains of 2007 there were waves that were as high as 70metres that was buffeting the coastline but the great walls of Lagos which is the walls in front of the Atlantic City protected the residents of Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lagos from being submerged by flood.
"That wall is still a work in progress but it has started doing its job. It would be the wall that will ultimately defend the new island from the Atlantic Ocean forever. We will walk this talk with our partners because the future for us is clearly defined".
Speaking earlier, the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructural Development, Prince Segun Oniru said the overall concept of Eko Atlantic City development is to restore land lost to the coastal erosion since 1905.
He added that the City is also to provide a permanent solution to the erosion problem and a robust sea wall along the new shoreline.
He explained that within the city the facilities to be expected include international standard road network, surface water drainage. dedicated electrical power generation plant with underground distribution, water supply, treatment and distribution, network of service duct to provide IT services and a world class Central Business District(CBD).
He said the area that guests were standing on in the new city at the ceremony was what used to be area of land that was about 12-15 metres water deep but has become a firm ground today.
Also present at the ceremony were members of the State Executive Council and top management of South Energyx Limited led by the Chairman Mr Ronald Chagoury.
The Governor and his entourage later drove round the reclaimed portion of the new city.