NEW LAGOS PLAN FOR OWORONSHOKI WATERFRONT REVEALED!
The massive ongoing dredging activities at the Oworonshoki end of the Third Mainland Bridge cannot be unnoticed by a regular users of the Third Mainland Bridge. “What is the government planning to do here again?” is a question that you are likely to get from inquisitive ordinary motorists who are daily users of the longest bridge in the whole of West Africa.
To clear the doubts on the mind of many Lagosians and what the dredging activities are intended to ultimately achieve, The Lagos State Government recently outlined plans to transform the blighted areas of Oworonshoki Waterfront into one of the biggest transportation, tourism and entertainment hubs in Nigeria.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya in a recent statement, said that the project will improve the aesthetics and security of the environment, while attracting investments in water transportation and boosting socio-economic activities in the axis, with the provision of shopping malls and related infrastructures. According to the Commissioner, the proposed entertainment and mega ferry terminal site, already under reclamation, would divert a lot of human and vehicular traffic gridlocks away from the Lagos Island and take advantage of the central location and accessibility of the proposed Oworonshoki terminal to the Apapa Port, Ikeja Airport and other parts of the State.
“Youths and residents will enjoy quality sports, recreational, entertainment and emergency response facilities at the terminal. “Commuters transiting through the terminal will not only enjoy state-of the arts infrastructure, they will also be able to park and ride and park and cruise from the state-of-the-art jetty, thus reducing the carbon emission level and travel time within the city,” Akinsanya said.
He expressed optimism that the reclaimed 29.6 hectares site of the project, which would involve revetment work to protect the jetty area, would also eliminate illegal dredging activities in the area. Explaining that the project will be in three phases, Akinsanya said that it was also part of efforts by the State Government to revitalize and augment inter-modal system of water, rail and road transportation and housing development, just as he revealed that the Epe, Badagry and Mile 2 waterfronts have also been earmarked in the Master Plan for similar regeneration.
He said that Phase One, which is the ongoing reclamation of the 29.5 hectares of the project site by Messrs Fountain Construction Company (FCC), would be completed by November 2017. The Commissioner further said, “Consolidation and settlement of the reclaimed land for six to nine months, will be followed by Phase Two, which will involve provision of shoreline protection and reconstruction of 2.8km Ariyo Street as an alternative road, that will run under the 3rd Mainland Bridge along with other infrastructures within nine months and to be completed by June 2018”.
“The third Phase which will be both State financed and Public-Private Sector (PPP) financed, will involve the construction of the Mega Jetty and Bus Terminal, complete with entertainment and Tourism facilities (Multiple Boutique, Hotels, Museums/Art Galleries, Sport and recreational facilities as well as a 1000 capacity car park, based on the design master plan of the area.” Akinsanya said that on completion, Lagosians would be able to embark on travel from Oworonshoki either via water using the Jetty Terminal or via Ultra-Modern Buses departing from the New Bus Terminal.
Although this was not mentioned by the Commissioner as part of the State Government’s plan for the Oworonshoki Waterfront area, a private real estate developer has already started selling plots of land for an estate to be known as the THIRD MAINLAND COURTS. According to available promotional materials, the Third Mainland Court will be one of EUC HOMES LIMITED premium estate, situated in the heart of the most luxurious area of Oworonshoki shore line viewing the magnificent Third Mainland Bridge. The Third mainland Courts is said to be covered with a genuine supreme Court judgment title document, a deed of assignment signed by the paramount ruler of the land, with close boundaries to banana Island, the proposed mega city initiative by the Lagos State Government recreation and leisure parks, package with world class entertainment and five star hotels.
Currently being advertised and selling for N20million for a 400sqm, the estate according to the developer is expected to come with a high level of return on investment, peace and serenity, accompanied by the free flow of traffic with the construction of the lay-bys and Oworonshoki highway project. Proposed infrastructure for the estate are planned to meet the standard of modern technology with state of the art architectural design of a modern gate house, automated gate, solar electricity and sensor remote doors, good paved interlocking road network, underground sewage system, external perimeter fence, street lights, cctv surveillance cameras, fiber optics,
Shopping centers, recreational parks, 24hour armed security and a jetty for alternate and faster transportation to Victoria Island, Banana Island, Ikoyi and other highbrow Lagos Island locations.
For interested subscribers, an instalment payment plan has been put in place. While outright payment is N20million, a five months payment plan allows subscribers to pay N4million monthly, while a ten months payment plan allows for N2million monthly and an eighteen months payment plan pushes the price up to N27million at N1.5million monthly. A twenty four months payment plan takes the price to N30million at N1.25million per month, while a thirty months payment plan takes it to N33million at N1.1million per month. Extra fees to be paid include: N4million for development levy, N2million ratification fee while infrastructure and service charges are to be determined later.