The Construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Poses a Threat to Landmark Ecosystem. Here’s How.

Bisi Adedun . 2 months ago

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The Construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Poses a Threat to Landmark Ecosystem. Here’s How.

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Last month, the Minister of Works announced that construction of the The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project has begun following approval from the Federal Executive Council. The highway project will be completed in sections with section one phase one (from Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island to Lekki Phase 1) beng undertaken by Hitech Construction Company.


Last month, the Minister of Works announced that construction of the The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project has begun following approval from the Federal Executive Council. The highway project will be completed in sections with section one phase one (from Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island to Lekki Phase 1) beng undertaken by Hitech Construction Company. According to Mark Umahi, the Minister of Works, the first section of the 1.3km Lagos Calabar coastal road has been achieved. The highway, in a bid to improve cross-country connectivity and foster trade relations,  is expected to run from Victoria Island, Lagos to Calabar, Cross River while passing through: 

  • Ogun State
  • Ondo State
  • Delta State
  • Bayelsa State
  • Rivers State
  • Akwa-Ibom State

 

However, the Lagos portion of the Lagos-Calabar highway is designed to pass through Oniru Beach, Landmark Beach, and the Good Beach/Sol Beach spanning 1.4km

 

For the highway to be constructed along this path, the properties will have to be destroyed. Ths will have a direct influence of the Landmark ecosystem which includes: Landmark Centre, Landmark Beach, Landmark Towers, Landmark Boulevard, and the Landmark Hotel and Beach Resort with an enterprise valuation of over $200million.

Here are a few of the projects that will be affected:

  1. Landmark Village

Landmark Village

Landmark Village

Status: Ongoing

Size: 38,000m2

 

  1. Landmark Tower

Landmark Tower

Landmark Tower

Size: 6,750m2

Completion date: January 2016

 

  1. Landmark Retail Boulevard

Landmark Retail Boulevard

Landmark Retail Boulevard

Size: 2,500m2

Completion date: January 2019

 

First Phase of Construction Being Undertaken by Hitech is Moving Quickly

The first phase of construction is moving at a fast pace, with the highway section on Ahmadu Bello Way almost completed and currently at the edge of Oniru Beach. At this pace, a resolution between the government and affected parties, including Landmark, will need to be found sooner than later. It’s also noteworthy that the ongoing sandfilling and development of Eko Atlantic is expected to cover the coastal area and beaches along this path as well in a few years, thereby also affecting the ecosystem and other developments relying on access to the beach and its waterview properties.

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