Lagos – Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State says the reclaiming of 2.4 million cubic metres of land from the Atlantic Ocean for the Eko Atlantic City Project has expanded Nigeria’s territory.
Fashola said this on Wednesday while inspecting the project being executed by the South Energy of Holland in association with some others firms.
`We are reclaiming and restoring the geographical territory of Lagos State and by extension that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
`We are reclaiming the land lost to the Atlantic Ocean by uncontrollable erosions that we have now brought under control,’’ the governor said.
He commended the contractor for its commitment.
`The Commissioner for Water Front Infrastructure, Mr Adesegun Oniru, has just informed me that within the next 24 months, Lagosians will begin to see the emergence of one of the apartment blocks, a 24-storey building emerging from where we stand today, meaning that the future has started.
`By this singular act, the contractor has indeed put its money, time, experience and integrity into the project so as to deliver it as promised, starting with the construction of the 1.5km ocean seashore,’’ he said.
Fashola noted that in 2007, sea waves of about 70 metres high buffeted the coastline, but that shorelines constructed by the contractor protected Victoria Island and Ikoyi from being flushed.
He said that the shorelines would also protect the Eko Atlantic City when completed.
`It will be a new city on the coast, a city that will run and operate like any other city in the world with 24 hours electricity, new business centres, housing and efficient transport facilities.
`This is the future that Lagos promises, a future that is within a short distance,’’ he said.
Oniru said that areas reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean were lost to the ocean from 1905.
The commissioner said that with the reclamation, Lagos could now account for 180km of the 853km stretch of Nigeria’s coastal area.
`The firm ground we are all standing on today was part of the Atlantic Ocean which was between 12 metres and 15 metres deep before the contractors reclaimed it,’’ he said.
He listed facilities that would be in the city to include network of roads and surface water bridges.
`There will also be a dedicated electric power generation with underground distribution network of service ducks to provide information technology services,’’ he added. ( NAN )