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The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by wunderkiind(m): 12:54pm On Mar 19, 2017
A 5-mile island built to save Lagos’s economy has a fatal design flaw

By Mimi Onuoha

The key to understanding Lagos, Africa’s most populous city, is in the water.
From the sea Lagos rose, from humble port city to economic and political powerhouse and sprawling home to around 22 million.
It’s the water that the city is named for—“Lagos,” from the Portuguese word for lakes. Many of the poor, who make up 70% of the city’s population, live in floating shanty slums in the city’s lagoons.
It’s also the sea that has been responsible for Lagos slowly sinking.

Lagos consists of a mainland and a series of islands, which make it especially susceptible to rising sea levels. It is this proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, combined with risks from climate change, that pose the largest environmental threat to the megalopolis.
Lagos is composed of a series of islands and peninsulas.

And since 2008, it is to the sea that an ambitious development company has looked for an unorthodox fix to the problems that plague Lagos including joblessness and housing shortages: a brand new city, built on land clawed back from the bottom the ocean floor.


Eko Atlantic is the name of a grandiose project to create a new economic capital for Africa—notably, right next to the current economic capital for Africa. The development includes everything from sky-scrapers to luxury apartments, a new financial district, a private power-grid, and a shopping boulevard in the image of New York’s Fifth Avenue.
It’s the brainchild of the Chagoury brothers, two Nigerian-born billionaires of Lebanese descent who own South Energyx Nigeria Ltd, a real estate development company created to build out Eko Atlantic.
Eko Atlantic is meant to be an antidote to Lagos’s deepest recession in 30 years. The city is meant to bring 250,000 new jobs and address a housing shortage brought on by a surging population. This, and the fact that it’s privately-funded, have lent it the support of the state and federal governments. It’s being sold to investors as “a valuable foothold in Africa” one of the world’s last emerging growth markets.

But what makes Eko Atlantic’s development especially noteworthy is its location. The planned city borders Lagos directly. Eko Atlantic was built by dredging up and filling in 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) worth of land. Before the project began in 2008, the peninsula was non-existent.


The result is that Eko Atlantic has the appearance of being an island created out of thin air. Satellite imagery highlights just how dramatic an effect the construction — which is far from finished — has had on Lagos’ coast.


Lagos’ location leaves it deeply susceptible to rising sea levels and catastrophic storm surges. In 2012, a storm surge in the exact area of Eko Atlantic’s construction killed 16 people. In the aftermath of the tragedy (which some blamed on disturbances caused by Eko Atlantic’s building) the developers of the project highlighted the fabrication of “The Great Wall of Lagos”, a sea wall that wraps around the city and protects it from the effects of the surrounding Atlantic.

But according to some climate scientists, the same wall that will protect Eko Atlantic could worsen the situation for neighboring areas not protected by it, which includes much of Lagos. Dr. Alan Blumberg, renowned for his research and the effects of climate change on water structures, highlighted the challenges in a phone call.

“What happens when you build a wall is that the approaching storm surge will come up to the wall, and it will move to the left or right of the wall, searching for a weakness or a low spot. If there are two islands close to each other, it may go to the island next door instead.”


There were no responses to requests for comment from the team behind Eko Atlantic.

But for Lagos, a city composed of a series of islands, the situation Blumberg describes could be disastrous. Lagos’ surrounding areas are not only unprotected by the wall, but are lower in sea level than Eko Atlantic. It’s a combination that leaves the old city of Lagos and its hundreds of years of history startlingly vulnerable.

If the critics are correct, Eko Atlantic might provide parts of Lagos with yet another link to the sea, one rooted in potential danger and unknowable risk. To the sea parts of the city may return.


“With sea walls, you have to figure out what you’re protecting against,” Dr. Blumberg advised. In the case of Lagos and Eko Atlantic, the better question might be who gets the protection.

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by HungerBAD: 12:54pm On Mar 19, 2017
I will remain neutral in this.

The article sounds more of an alarmist write up,than anything that will help in anyway.

The expert,Dr. Blumberg the article kept referring to,did not proffer or offer any kind of solution,except find faults.

And naturally,i am wary of fault finders who lack the ability to see or proffer anything good,except find faults in the things others do.

There are two ways to look at this.

A- There is no way the investors putting Billions of their money in this project,would not have brought in some of the best heads in the world. To take a feasibility survey of a project of this magnitude,looking at all the aforementioned risks quoted by this Expert Dr. Blumberg,and would have taken the necessary steps for safety.

Or

B- The P.hd ( Pull him down)holders are at work again.

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by 2cato: 12:56pm On Mar 19, 2017
Saddly and oddly a plot of land in eko atlantic goes for 400million naira.
The govt are just trying to make fast and easy money from the rich.
The least size of building that is permissible is 20 storey building and they will give you their own set of building to chose from after buying the land.
Funyly and intrestingly people have been buying and building their own mega structures.
Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by Oxtonguy: 12:56pm On Mar 19, 2017
Blumberg assertion though wink, I think a lot of civil engineers is involved in the project. They ought to have imagine possible casualties that may ensue. Before going into the project they are not daft. All this one blumberg is saying have been thought out already even before the project projects. If I am to fly across a pit I know there are tendencies to get hurt if not careful. But that won't stop me from flying through only that I would be more careful. But just in case I pray God takes control.

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by Oxtonguy: 1:19pm On Mar 19, 2017
2cato:
Saddly and oddly a plot of land in eko atlantic goes for 400million naira.
The govt are just trying to make fast and easy money from the rich
Selling of land in Eko Atlantic, Sunday jokes grin grin grin

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by wunderkiind(m): 1:23pm On Mar 19, 2017
HungerBAD:
I will remain neutral in this.

The article sounds more of an alarmist write up,than anything that will help in anyway.

The expert,Dr. Blumberg the article kept referring to,did not proffer or offer any kind of solution,except find faults.

And naturally,i am wary of fault finders who lack the ability to see or proffer anything good,except find faults in the things others do.

There are two ways to look at this.

A- There is no way the investors putting Billions of their money in this project,would not have brought in some of the best heads in the world. To take a feasibility survey of a project of this magnitude,looking at all the aforementioned risks quoted by this Expert Dr. Blumberg,and would have taken the necessary steps for safety.

Or

B- The P.hd ( Pull him down)holders are at work again.

Wow. Nice perspective to this.
Lalasticlala, what's your opinion here? cool

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by wunderkiind(m): 1:25pm On Mar 19, 2017
2cato:
Saddly and oddly a plot of land in eko atlantic goes for 400million naira.
The govt are just trying to make fast and easy money from the rich

400m! shocked shocked

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by Jabioro: 1:38pm On Mar 19, 2017
Nothing would happen. what about Dubai something similar..

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by Fremancipation: 1:43pm On Mar 19, 2017
2cato:
Saddly and oddly a plot of land in eko atlantic goes for 400million naira.
The govt are just trying to make fast and easy money from the rich

#400,000,000 naira just for a plot of land. Then how much will it cost to build a house or apartment and what will be the rent cost?

This project is not for the rich. It's for the super rich.

Goodluck

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Re: The "Flaw" In The Construction Of Eko Atlantic Island In Lagos by greenmonk: 11:01pm On Mar 19, 2017
Oxtonguy:
Blumberg assertion though wink, I think a lot of civil engineers is involved in the project. They ought to have imagine possible casualties that may ensue. Before going into the project they are not daft. All this one blumberg is saying have been thought out already even before the project projects. If I am to fly across a pit I know there are tendencies to get hurt if not careful. But that won't stop me from flying through only that I would be more careful. But just in case I pray God takes control.

Unfortunately God won't take control in this project. God is not a capitalist.
What bumberg is saying is that if a surge of wave encounters a resistance it looks for weaker course to pass through.
And woe betide any low lying land on its course.

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