It’s now really and truly official in the sense that we now all know that the Eko Atlantic City is for real.
It all started to become a reality when four years ago, the representative of the late former President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, turned the sod for the sand filling of the dream, a city that spans 10 million square metres of land right bang in the middle of the ocean.
This vast area is the equivalent in size to Manhattan district in New York City.
This laudable project has understandably set off a barrage of questions in many pessimists’ mind. Is this not displaying man’s underlying urge to conquer nature?
Is this site not part of the dreaded Atlantic Ocean that has witnessed a great number of surges over many years, almost consistently?
Well, the pessimists may have their say, but the optimists have eventually had their way. The supposed impossible venture is being transformed into a city like no other in the African region.
Though the huge project, one of its kind, is yet to be completed, the dedication ceremony of this real estate on the ocean, which was attended by former President of the US, Bill Clinton who had already lent a voice of support for the project as far back as 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Much credit needs to be given to former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for initiating the project as a way to tackle the continuous erosion of the Bar Beach and Ahmadu Bello Way on the elite inhabited Victoria Island. Eko Atlantic City will serve as a “great wall” built against ocean surges on Victoria Island.
And as this project has been progressing “quietly”, Lagosians must have noticed that areas that were completely overrun by sea water from the Atlantic are now dry land that provides flood-free access for all.
The beach has come to life once again, and merrymakers and entertainers are there having the greatest time of their lives.
Truly, Lagos has “hit a milestone in development” and we must continue to applaud the vision and commendable effort of the present Governor of the State, Babatunde Fashola and his erstwhile team in bringing to fruition a dream conceived by his immediate predecessor.