Eko Atlantic City the massive expanse of properties being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean in Lagos is creating a Smart City in Nigeria’s commercial capital, according to the project developers.
Smart cities are becoming popular as urban area that uses electronic data and ICTs technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.
Ronald Chagoury, Chairman of South Energyx Nigeria Limited, the city planners and developers of Eko Atlantic City, said this during a tour of the new city by Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, President of Togo.
“In fact, this endeavour has not only stopped erosion, it has created a smart city, a financial hub and has united us with our neighbours to come together in the fight against on-going coastal erosion” Ronald Chagoury, developer of Eko Atlantic City
“Eko Atlantic City came up as a solution to address the erosion that was fast destroying the coast of Victoria Island and its environs. We recognized that an urgent step had to be taken to protect the shoreline of Victoria Island and reclaim the land that had been lost. As a result, the Eko Atlantic City project came up as a permanent solution to the coastal erosion of Victoria Island and parts of Lekki and we have ensured this through the construction of the ‘Great Wall of Lagos”, Chagoury says.
“In fact, this endeavour has not only stopped erosion, it has created a smart city, a financial hub and has united us with our neighbours to come together in the fight against on-going coastal erosion”, the Eko Atlantic City developer says about the new city.
Chagoury says that Eko Atlantic City has proved to be a sustainable solution to this threat with the construction of a great sea revetment known as the ‘Great Wall of Lagos’. The Great Wall of Lagos was constructed soon after the collapse of Bar Beach in 2005. Its construction was an urgent action required to protect the shoreline of Victoria Island and Lekki and the potential loss thousands of lives, homes, businesses and vast areas of developed land, according to the developer of the new city.
According to him, the new city was designed to check coastal erosion and with Eko Atlantic City in place, thousands of lives, homes, businesses and vast areas of developed land in Victoria Island, Lekki and other areas have been saved from the wrath of Atlantic Ocean. Approximately 6.5 kilometers of a total of 8.5 kilometers of the Great Wall of Lagos has been completed, and “this great wall will continue to protect Victoria Island and parts of Lekki from erosion.”
The President of Togo, Gnassingbe, commended Eko Atlantic City on its technique adopted to provide a permanent solution to coastal erosion.