The Eko Antlantic Commission Today

The Eko Atlantic with the Coordinates: 6°25′06″N 3°25′03″E / 6.418333°N 3.417500°ECoordinates: 6°25′06″N 3°25′03″E / 6.418333°N 3.417500°E

Is a City planned district of Lagos, Nigeria, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

The features are:
[1] It is located on Lagos’ Bar Beach. Upon completion, the new island which is still under development is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters. The development will also have a positive environmental impact; its purpose is to stop the erosion of the Lagos coastline.

[2] The Eko Atlantic City project received global recognition in 2009, as the Lagos State government and its private sector partners on the Project, South Energyx, got the Clinton Global lnitiative Commitment Certificate.

[3] Adjacent to Victoria Island, Eko Atlantic will rise as the next generation of property in Africa. Expected to be around 4 square miles (10 km2), the city will satisfy needs for financial, commercial, residential and tourist accommodations with a state-of-the-art high-tech infrastructure in line with modern and environmental standards. These standards will offer the city’s residents modern water, waste management, security and transportation systems. Eko Atlantic will also have an independent source of energy generated specifically for the city.

As of May 2009 while the project was still in its dredging phase, about 3,000,000 cubic metres (3,900,000 cu yd) have been sand-filled and placed in the reclamation area, while about 35,000 tonnes of rock have been delivered to the site.

In certain parts of Bar Beach the land being reclaimed can already be seen. Dredgers are working around the clock to fill the site with sand.

Contractors are China Communications Construction Group, a global leader in the field of marine dredging and landfill operation.

Consultants are Royal Haskoning (traffic and transport expertise) and ar+h Architects. South Energyx Nigeria Ltd. a subsidiary of the Chagoury group was specifically created to undertake the development.

Testing of the sea defence system found place at the DHI Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, where models were successfully tested for one in a hundred-year ocean surge, one in 120 years, one in 150 years and one in 1,000 years’ storm, the worst storm that it is estimated can possibly happen in the area.

If truly Lagos want to be part and taken a metropolitan city, ground breaking innovations like this is necessary, expected and welcome.

Kudos to the vision and inspiration of Gov Fashola.

Information Source: wikipeadia

Abiola Olowo.


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