Building The Great Wall Of Lagos

Channels Television  
Updated June 28, 2013

This episode of Earthfile focuses on the environmental consequences of the construction and land reclamation of the planned financial hub, Eko Atlantic City in the Atlantic coast of Lagos state.

The coastal city which will be resident for over 100,000 to date has 3million cubic meters of the land that has been sand filled in the reclamation with about 35,ooo tonnes of rock delivered to the site.

The state government has built what is called ‘The Great Wall of Lagos’; the sea defence system to prevent rising ocean surge on the proposed Atlantic city.

The Great Wall which will be over 7km long is also to shield the Eko Atlantic City from the erosion of the Lagos coastline.

An Assistant Director with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Olusegun Toluhi, warns of the potential disaster inherent with the project which he claims is largely driven by investors who are only seeking profit.

He claims the permanent solution to the impending problem is “to do it the way God will dot it.”

But the Commissioner for Water Front Infrastructure in Lagos; Olusegun Oniru, claims that what the Atlantic City is to protect Victoria Island and other parts of Lagos Island.

Mr Oniru however warns that the permanent solution to the environmental threats is the reduction of global warming. While that is hoped, the state government promises to continue taming the ocean currents.