By Kingsley Adegboye
Eko Atlantic City, a brand new city being built from reclaimed land adjacent to Victoria Island, is set to become West Africa’s new financial hub, accommodating the headquarters of the sub-region’s leading banks, financial institutions and international corporate companies.
According to the developers and promoters of the multi-billion naira project, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of the Chagoury Group, a part of the new smart city has been reserved for the development of a business district.
This Business District will be approximately 650,000 square metres and will feature the Eko Boulevard, a two-kilometer long, 60 metre wide central boulevard similar in size and look to New York’s Fifth Avenue and Paris’ Champs-Élysées.
During a visit to the city by a business delegation from the United Kingdom, Mr. Pierre Edde, Development Director, South Energyx Nigeria Limited, said the Business District is designed to play host to a multitude of headquarters for companies within Nigeria.
Mr. Edde said “The Eko Atlantic City Business District is a strategic and prestigious location for offices, with a state-of-the-art 24/7 infrastructure network, including 21st century communications, smooth transport system and uninterrupted electricity, making it a compelling place to work. “Upon completion of the city, Eko Atlantic will be home to 500,000 residents with an expected commuter volume to exceed 300,000 people”, he noted.
One of the delegates, Akin Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of AKD Solutions Ltd, described Eko Atlantic City as an amazing project, and commended the developers for their passion and commitment to Nigeria’s economic development.
Another delegate, Eisen Chok, Director, Synergict Connect Ltd expressed delight at the progress made so far on the project.
Speaking in the same vain, Fatai Amoo, Head of Sales and Marketing, Chris Joe Energy, said he was highly impressed with the vision behind the Eko Atlantic project. “This project is indeed revolutionary and the innovative approach used to construct such city is a true testimony to future human habitat development not only in Lagos Nigeria but across the globe”.