Lagos begins replication of Dubai Marina in Badagry, Epe

Reclamation works have begun on the shorelines of Badagry and Epe areas of Lagos State as the state government is set to replicate the Dubai Marina, both on the east and the west axes of the state.

As part of efforts to also stimulate tourism and commerce, dualisation of a 6.2 kilometre road from Epe via Itoikin to connect Agbowa-Ikosi has commenced as well.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, while on an inspection tour of on-going road projects in Epe on the island of Lagos, said the state government had decided to develop its tourist sites that could compete with the best in the world to bring about economic prosperity.

Completion period
He gave the assurance that the Badagry-Marina Lagoon reclamation project would be completed by the end of August this year as he hinted that the Epe-Marina Lagoon reclamation project was a complete redevelopment of project site to facilitate development of the area.

According to him, the project comes with sand filling to the lagoon up to about 200 meters and dualisation of the network of roads in the axis with functional walkways.

“We want to actually duplicate what you see in Dubai-Marina, this is a whole stretch of two kilometers of real estate and new tourist centres that we are putting in Epe and Badagry at the same time, the intention is to build a modern Marina that can compete with others worldwide, we have already incorporated some of the world Marina design into the project, there might be some hotel and malls that will encourage 24-hour commercial activities; it will be mega terminal for water
transportation,”
Governor Ambode added.

PIX 2839Ambode further explained that the state government gave the project to the FCC Construction Company based on what the firm had achieved in the construction sector.

Growing IGR
He noted that the initiative was an inlet into the drive to boost the state’s internally generated revenue, (IGR).

“We believe that growing the Internally Generated Revenue, (IGR) of the state by 2017 to N30 billion and in 2018 to N50 billion, we believe that these projects are inlet to our dream of growing the IGR of Lagos, by the time we expand the tourist potentials of the state especially Badagry and Epe, we will be able to get new investors into the state, they will be doing other things away from what we already have at the moment,” the Governor stressed.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ganiyu Johnson added that the government was simultaneously building both the Bagagry and Epe Marina in the two axes of the state.

Mr Johnson said, government expected that the contractor would hand over the first stage of the project in August this year.

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