This time last year, when I first heard about the magnificent future city, I was jumping out of my seat. I was enthralled by the design and fascinated with all the details of its construction as a true civil engineer should. I decided to check on its progress since the groundbreaking in February 2013. Alas! my enchantment was replaced with ambivalence and that, with outrage. I asked myself why my country is spending $6billion on a new city when we have cities that are barely functioning. Our main international airport, Murtala Muhammed International, has most travelers counting down every excruciating second until they board their planes and bid Nigeria farewell.
Though glorious, the Eko Atlantic City or EAC will very likely cause a greater divide between the mainland and the island in Lagos. On the one hand, it helps the rich get richer while neglecting communities across the Makoko lagoon. On the other hand, its millions of square meters will see an increase in employment but who is really getting employed? With the minimum wage at N18,000 and 3 bedroom apartments at EAC priced at $200 million you can understand why I no longer have warm, fuzzy feelings towards this project.
What do you think about this project?