Written By: Oluwatofunmi Aribisala
Ibeju Lekki coastal city, called the “Lekki Coastal City” is a residential scheme by the Lagos State Government. The scheme is directly accessible by the Lagos-Epe Expressway, bounded to the West by the New Lagos City and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean. The scheme is located within Lekki-Peninsula sub-region, specifically within the Ibeju- Lekki community. Recently, Ibeju Lekki has been gaining ground as Lagos’ fastest growing economic and industrial hub, thus, referred to as the “New Lagos”.
The establishment of economic development projects such as the Lekki Free Trade Zone, New Deep-Sea Port, Alaro Industrial City, Lekki Free Trade Zone and the Dangote Oil Refinery and Fertilizer Plant estimated to be worth 2.5 billion dollars’ is expected to be completed by the end of the year and to commence production by the first quarter of the year 2022. Although, the associated fertilizer plant has commenced operations since March this year. These developmental projects are in the same investment zone as the Ibeju Lekki Coastal City scheme.
The Coastal City sits on 669.309 hectares of land and it is designed to accommodate a population of 63,510 people. The scheme has a firm terrain and a gentle slope. (The first phase of the plan is on a 50ha). Infrastructural facilities designed for the projects include portable water supply, 24hrs electricity supply, 24hours security services, intercom services with gate houses, CCTV network coverage, sports complex and shopping arcade. The project envisions a conducive and habitable environment for people such as promote working, recreation and living.
In preparatory for the Ibeju Lekki Coastal City Scheme, construction activities such as site clearing, drainage construction, fencing, road construction and access roads layouts have commenced. Consequently, the Ibeju Lekki Coastal City Scheme will provide a new residential place of abode to potential workers and residents concerned within its environs. Thus, reducing to a bearable level, the challenges of population and traffic congestion in already populated Lagos metropolis and satisfying the major importance of creating New Towns.