PHOTOS: The Proposed Eko Atlantic City touted as “African Dubai”

The multi billion naira land reclamation project along the Bar Beach coastline called Eko Atlantic City was launched on Thursday. Present at the inauguration were the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, state governors, ministers and other dignitaries.

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Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters and be the workplace of 150,000 people daily. The ten square kilometre development will have waterfront areas, tree-lined streets, efficient transport systems and mixed-use plots that combine residential areas with leisure facilities, offices and shops.

Eko Atlantic will enhance the status of Lagos and create a new and stronger financial hub for the whole of West Africa.

The totally private project was conceived when “erosion persisted and began to claim our shoreline, redefine our geographical boundaries, consume our existing roads, and evict citizens from their properties to the shoreline”, Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Clinton said: “I believe that within five years, people will be coming from everywhere just to look at the wall”.

“You have said let’s protect ourselves and build something beautiful, something that will last, something that will create opportunities and employment, and advanced aspirations, and brand the city, brand the state, brand this nation as a nation of the 21st century”, he added.

Eko Atlantic, touted as “African Dubai”, with luxury flats, several marinas, commercial centres and offices, will be totally auto-managed with its own water and electric power supplies and even its security system is independent.

The city will be totally independent of the Lagos metropolis, Africa’s second largest city after Cairo. Lagos has a population of some 15 million.

Eko Atlantic is a project of Gilbert and Ronald Chagoury, two brothers of Lebanese origin, presiding over a large financial empire in Nigeria.

Eko Atlantic City

Eko Atlantic city

Eko Atlantic city

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Eko Atlantic City

Eko Atlantic City

Eko Atlantic City

Eko Atlantic City

  1. Anonymous Reply

    interesting

  2. Tunde Reply

    The project was spearheaded by Nigerian men of foreign descent who believe blindly in the potential of our great nation.

    Beautiful project

  3. osakoboro Reply

    It was an eyes popping and fantastic experience to have witnessed the inauguration of Eko Atlantic city in the Lagos state of Nigeria. It is worthy to note that the city will be the first of its kind engineered by Nigeria’s incentive in the whole of West Africa. At the opening address, the audience and readers of news papers like me were left with no option but to commend the bold efforts of the Chagourys, the two brothers of Lebanese origin.

    Apparently not mentioned in details to Nigerians are the nature of the Nigerian government’s involvement and the roll of ex-president Clinton of the United States of America, in the project. Mr. Clinton, well respected, is one of the most notable and influential man around the world. His embellished reputation as a recognized man of action and his involvement at the inauguration was enough to convince the world to prove the authenticity of the project. The world and the people of Nigeria knew that he could not allow himself to be used as a means to foster the corrupt image of Nigeria. His motivating speech encouraged Nigerians to be proud of the project as it is intended to be the real deal for the nation’s economic well being and advancement.

    It must have been a shame to other Nigerian eminent personalities who were present at the inauguration. People are skeptically worried and wondered why it appears to be that foreigners took the lead of such an important project in their country. At this point, some questions are left unanswered. While we are praying for the success of this bold and beautiful project, let us hope that the trusted parties like Mr. Clinton and the stake holders spearheading the project, are not infested with the corrupted environment by which they are surrounded.

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