Nigeria has launched the construction of a giant housing project being built on an artificial terrain. The project in Lagos, nicknamed as African Dubai, is expected to house 250,000 people.
The project is being built on a public beach in the city that will soon disappear to be replaced by the sprawling development of marinas, boutique shops, and luxury skyscrapers. The multi-billion-dollar project is known as "Eko Atlantic", and it has already been nicknamed the African Dubai.
Eko Atlantics project director David Frame told AFP that the project once completed will have its own independent power station, providing clean, reliable power throughout the city. There will be a network of boreholes, bringing out water which will be put into elevated towers that will be cleaned and distributed throughout the city, providing high quality water to all the developments in Eko Atlantic.
Frame added that the Eko Atlantic is going to be quite a contrast with other parts of the city whose 15 million inhabitants can find themselves without electricity for 10 hours a day, and where not everyone has access to clean drinking water.
“Many feel that the project will only help Lagos if it can go hand-in-hand with a more general development of the city's resources,” said David Frame.
“You know, that's the concept -- Lagos, another Dubai, another Singapore… something like that,” said Adetokunbo Mumuni of SERAP citizen rights group.