Lagos State Government has unveiled the long-awaited Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Eko Atlantic City, which it said, was in compliance with global standard and regulations. Managing Director of the South Energyx Nigeria Limited (developers of the Eko Atlantic City), Mr. David Frame, also put the number of jobs the city would generate when completed at over 150,000. A team of Lagos State Commissioner of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Segun Oniru, South Energyx Nigeria Limited and Royal Haskoning of Holland presented the EIA report at an interactive session with journalists in Victoria Island at the weekend. Speaking at the unveiling of the EIA reports, the managing director expressed hope that in the nearest future, Lagos would become the envy of the world because of the Atlantic City.According to him, "when the Eko Atlantic City project is completed, it will generate a minimum of 150,000 jobs, and the city will attract tourists and visits across the world; thereby boosting revenue generation." He said: "Ten years from now, people will begin to troop to Lagos just as the case of Dubai. The city will have will have a west point Marina of 350 metres diameter and will provide outlet for those who wants to enjoy the canal system. The city project will provide accommodation for 250,000 people". At the session, Oniru said about 17 expatriates and 500 Nigerian engineers "are currently working on the project, and a wall called The Great Wall of Lagos would be constructed to protect the city from ocean surge.He added that the developer of the city had 78 years certificate of occupancy on the project to enable it recoup its investment over time, saying that three million square metres of land had been reclaimed from the ocean out of the nine million square metres of land for the city.
Culled from The Nigerian Thisday Newspaper.