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Lagos set to unveil new waterfront schemes

As part of efforts aimed at boosting housing stocks in the state, the Lagos State government will soon unveil new waterfront schemes developed by the Lagos State Waterfront Infrastructure Development for prospective developers.

Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Prince Adesegun Oniru, disclosed this at a media briefing in Lagos, noted that the schemes which are in the last stages of approval are aimed at enhancing the housing stock and boosting recreational facilities in the state.

According to the commissioner, the schemes include Amuwo Odofin, Okun Ajah, Owode/ Majidun, Lagoon Island (under Lagoon Island Foreshore and Marina developments) and five recreation facilities in Epe, Badore, Majidun and Ijon-Kande.

Oniru said proposals for the creation of other schemes at Okun Onibeju, Okun Akinlade, Epe Marina, Idale Whedako and Gberefun, are awaiting the governor’s approval.

He gave an assurance of the administration’s committment to the protection of the state’s shoreline, adding that shoreline protection structures, jetties and parks are being constructed in various areas across the state.

The commissioner said the ministry is also working on a new policy on waterfronts land administration which will ensure the protection of the shoreline and forestall indiscriminate dredging. According to him, 66 companies and individuals have been given permission and operational licences to undertake dredging and pilling and selling of sand across the state, adding that 153 applications had been received in this respect.

He assured that physical structures of the 1.04 million hectare Eko Atlantic City conceived by the state government will come on stream before the end of the year, noting that 2.4million square metres of land had already been reclaimed. He said the city is expected to accommodate about 250,000 residents and 150,000 commuters who will come into the city for work daily.


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