Posted: May 14, 2012 05:38 PM
The Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Prince Adesegun Oniru has described the Eko Atlantic City as the biggest project not only in Africa, but in the world, adding that the reclaimed land had expanded the City to about 3 million square metres of land.
The Commissioner who made the disclosure recently, during the annual ministerial press briefing on the activities of the Ministry, further stated the City was expected to accommodate 250,000 people as residents and 150,000 others as commuters on a daily basis.
The Commissioner also pointed out that the objective of the Eko Atlantic City development was to reclaim land lost to coastal erosion since the late 1950s and provide a “permanent solution” to the problem of erosion and also create a city in the Atlantic.
He assured that the city would have excellent facilities for residents with 24hour power supply, provision of security towers for security surveillance and 24- hour police presence to protect lives and property, among others.
Prince Oniru noted that the failure to give proper attention to the management of shoreline in the State by previous administrations and man-made problems were largely responsible for the degradation of the waterfront.
He, however, pointed out that the perennial ocean surge and erosion at the Bar Beach had been permanently arrested with the provision of shoreline protection.
He further stated that the Ministry was also working on eliminating the continual degradation and erosion at Oyinkan Abayomi Street at Victoria Island with the provision of necessary shoreline protection.