SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 BY SESAN OLUFOWOBI
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday said no fewer than 1,200 houses would be built in Eko Atlantic City to reduce the housing deficit in the state.
Fashola, who received a French delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Trade, Nrs. Nicole Bricq, at the Lagos House, Marina, said the reclaiming of the 10, 000, 000 square meters, meant for the Eko Atlantic City from the ocean, was a battle between man and nature.
He said, “A new city will emerge from the reclaimed portion of land. And we expect that not less than 1, 200 high-rise buildings will spring up there. That is the future that we seek for Lagos State. It will be a place that will be bustling with activities.”
“The protection work has not reached its preferred destination. As we progress, we will protect our shoreline. We have seen a clear evidence of the success of technology where it has been restored.”
Fashola added that the government had commenced the payment of compensation to the owners of the land acquired for the construction of the 16, 000 hectare Lekki Free Trade Zone project.
Earlier, Bricq had said the visit was to strengthen the level of bilateral trade and agreement between her country and the Lagos State Government.
Bricq said the French Government had discovered that Lagos was important to the country’s developmental agenda.