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Former US President Bill Clinton, Goodluck Jonathan & More Dignitaries expected in Lagos as Eko Atlantic City Opens Today | Residents Warned of Unusual Traffic Snarl



Former U.S President Bill Clinton, President Goodluck Jonathan, Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola and other state governors and ministers are expected to be in Lagos today to attend the opening of Eko Atlantic City.

Eko Atlantic is anticipating 400,000 residents and a daily flow of 250,000 commuters. The ten square kilometer development will have waterfront areas, tree-lined streets, efficient transport systems and mixed-use plots that combine residential areas with leisure facilities, offices and shops. 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.

The multi billion naira land reclamation project along the Bar Beach coastline called Eko Atlantic City is set to be launched today. Residents have been warned to prepare for possible road closures around and unusual traffic snarl.

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  1. lady clinton

    February 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

    yayyyyy! Finally

  2. Opsy

    February 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Lagos state is trying. I wish other states will emulate this gesture.

  3. loveth O.

    February 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I Hope

  4. tito

    February 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    and the traffic today will be ganster!!1

  5. Muyiwa

    February 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Fashola is trying..i agree. but how many ordinary lagosians will be able to afford a house there….we need massive lowcost housing projects in the state…not luxury flats…half of the flats on the island are occupied by expatriates and companies….other half are empty cos of the exorbitant prices.

    • Amazeballs!

      February 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

      You couldnt have said it better Muyiwa!

    • Jude

      February 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Talk about priorities and leadership.

  6. Iris

    February 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

    People need to start asking pertinent questions about Eko Atlantic. If it’s going to be home to financial institutions does it mean new jobs or will banks and businesses just be moving locations? Does it mean people will leave their old homes for Eko Atlantic to decongest parts of Lagos or does it mean people will just have an additional house there? The people who can afford to live there already live in Lekki, VGC and Banana Island so they’re the same people that can afford it and even if they move there and sell their older houses does it mean someone who currently lives around Oshodi can afford an upgrade? If they’re talking about decongesting Lagos this way, they’re assuming no one is or very few people are moving in to Lagos..don’t think that’s true. For a project this big what assurance is there that the residents won’t face the same problems people around Goshen and Alfa have been facing with the ocean? Goshen people also built walls as a barrier. It just looks like migration to me. People started in Ikoyi and V/I then moved to Lekki then VGC and keep moving out, but it’s not like Ikoyi / V/I have been given facelifts or maintained. We just keep building and running from the problem instead of maintaining what we have. It seems like an interesting project but we shouldn’t get carried away by the glamour of the new at the expense of maintenance.

  7. Oni A.

    February 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I believe the project is misguided. How does this benefit the middle class? Considering how expensive real estate is on the island already, real estate price in Eko Atlantic City would definitely be higher and who does that benefit? Even the elite would be wary of purchasing land at high prices with little opportunity for price appreciation. Time will tell but the cost of the project is already quite high and I’m sure the developers would like to recoup investments as quickly as possible.

    Just my 2 cents, hope I’m wrong. Eko o ni baje!

    And not looking forward to the traffic at all!

    • Naija Realist

      February 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Perhaps when the rich folks move there, the “middle class” can take over their old properties…


      February 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      ROFLMAO this is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while… thanks!

  8. nene

    February 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    lagos is already congested, why build eko atlantic when they should have used the money to invest and uplift the current infrastructures around lagos. who are the new residents that EKO ATLANTIC is anticipating? anyway they might have done their research before embarking on the project. i will not be moving to eko atlantic, and i know not many rich people will be moving up, so let’s see how this project turns out. i think GRA Ikeja is good enough for me.

  9. PH Boy

    February 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Another nest for the rich! Any initiative by the govt that is not directed at improving the life of the middle/ low income class is definitely misguided. This group forms at least 80% of the populace of Lagos state and they lack decent housing, roads, health insurance and many basic social utilities. The Eko Atlantic City is a bogus replica of ongoing development in Dubai but a bad reflection of inherent issues in the state. It’s so bad that most neighborhoods in Lagos do not have parks and playgrounds for kids to play. Even if I can afford premium housing, what about the greater population that supports what we all do for a living.

    • igbo canadian

      February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      ohho tell them!

  10. Agboola Tope

    February 21, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Good project.But we must ask them some pertinent questions.How much state money is been spend.How much are we giving to bill clinton to come to lag?

  11. sedkt

    February 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Let us learn to celebrate whatever we have. This project would provide employment for those who can not afford to buy landed property their, might increase tourism this can only be positive. God bless Nigeria. God bless Lagos state!!!

  12. TruthTeller

    February 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Can’t you guys just appreciate a great effort?which other governor in Nigeria has put this much time and energy into achieving any notable project?If Lagos state is going to end up being the only well structured ‘sane’ state in Nigeria then so be it because we have none and we are still thriving on mediocre projects. We shouldn’t deceive ourselves that the middle class will easily afford living here,there will be other parts for that as this clearly isn’t. Our hope should be that the next major project should be done in the interest of the masses, rather than condemn a good effort. This is a welcome development for those that can afford it.

    • Iris

      February 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      For your sake I hope that too..and I hope it doesn’t take 20 years, money that we don’t have, and a violent revolution againt the middle and upper classes by these masses you have mentioned for the government to finally start paying attention

  13. richard

    February 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    D infrastructures in lagos are not meant 4d consumption of d middle nd low class but 4d first class ppls whc ar very minute in d society!

  14. Olufemi Imoemiye

    February 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    i seriously need a property in Eko Atlantic City

  15. Mum Enoch

    February 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Ayopo ipaja road is still there o…..

  16. Toyin

    February 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Yes, Fashola is doing a good job. In the midst of praising him for his effort also comes important criticism and questions because that’s what a “good leadership” is about which many Nigerians fail to do. Nigerians are easily impressed and scared to ask questions that will actually go a long way.
    When new projects enter Lagos, Abuja, etc other places the first question to ask is, how does this benefit the middle class or the average Nigerians. It’s obvious the rich are getting richer, the people in the government are stealing more money, if you have rich/government connection, that’s the only way to land a good job.

    So, what about other parts of Lagos are also maintained, cleaned and find ways to provide more jobs. Build more of our infrastructure rather than wasting the money on some gigantic buildings reserved only for the rich.

  17. nich

    February 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    this is the best way to go….without this kind of developement do we rich south africa in the next 25yrs………this is a welcome developement…………if only electricity can accompany this….

  18. lala

    February 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Bill Clinton though?

    Does anyone know how much he’s paid for appearances?

  19. NNENNE

    February 22, 2013 at 5:48 am

    The way people lament about the rich, it seems like being rich is a crime. HABA!
    BTW, I don’t consider myself rich.
    Any functional society must have the rich. All fingers are not equal. Lets be happy for people who have.

    • obi

      December 13, 2014 at 6:04 am

      People that are rich, how do they made the money?

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