Sunday, July 14, 2024

Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road: The Landmark Beach Demolition Story

  • What is so important about the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway that it is priority?
  • Is the government paying compensation for demolition?
  • What future plans do the affected vendors have?
  • Could there be opportunities presented by this road project?

These are questions begging for answers.

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In the wake of progress along the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, communities are grappling with the bittersweet reality of development. Amidst the demolition of structures to make way for modern infrastructure, stories of resilience and hope emerge.

The demolition exercise began at the Mani Chula Beach, Oniru Waterfront on April 17, Saturday.

Minister of Works, Dave Umahi said compensation for owners of the affected structures have been adequately factored into the project and urged those affected to see the greater good of the project.

He condemned former south-east governor and labour party presidential flagbearer Peter Obi for inciting the people. He also said no there was no inhumanity metted to Landmark owned by Paul Onwuanibe.

In a chat with landmark group founder and C.E.O., Paul Onwuanibe, he said collaboration between the public and private sectors will be paramount in navigating Nigeria’s economic terrain.


Real estate expert Gbenga Adigun is Founder/CEO Rebar Perfecta Ltd. He elaborates on how the road project is influencing property values and investment opportunities in the area?

Properties around here on Lagos Island seem to be in high demand, do you see the market evolving in response to the road project?

You’re still watching on ln247. After ECONOTES, we’ll speak to some victims of this demolition.


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Damilola Abidemi Used To Work As A Beach Cleaning Supervisor. Let’s Hear Her.

We also spoke to Eze Samuel. He is the Operational Manager, Spur Landmark.

Vendor, Question 1

  • Can you describe what happened on the day your shop was demolished and were you given any prior notice or warning about the demolition? If so, how much notice were you given?

Vendor, Question 2

  • How has the demolition affected your business operations and income and What steps have you taken since the demolition to cope with the loss?

Could there be opportunities lurking around this place?

We still have real estate expert Gbenga Adigun on the show. He advices investors and homebuyers looking to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the road project?

The Road project is expected to take 5 years to complete: would it not be more economically viable to commence the roadworks in the least commercially active areas along the Road as against the current intention of immediately decimating an Ecosystem that supports over 80 businesses and consequently the livelihoods of thousands of Nigerians?

Vendor, Question 3

Let’s look at the Legal and Administrative Aspects:

  • Have you been able to get any official documentation or explanation regarding the demolition and Have you sought any legal advice or assistance following the incident?


So, in view of the fact that one of the main objectives of the Road project is to grow tourism and its attendant socio-economic benefits, why is such a commendable undertaking starting by demolishing the already existing homegrown tourism businesses that are already contributing greatly to the beachfront tourism landscape and overall economy in terms of tax revenue, job creation, SME development, etc?

As construction progresses along the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, the stories of those affected remind us of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of change. Amidst the demolition, seeds of hope are sown, paving the way for a brighter future.

The Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway is a significant infrastructure project in Nigeria, designed to enhance connectivity, promote economic development, and improve transportation along the country’s southern coast.

Vendor, Question 4

As it is, don’t you see an opportunity for other vendors? The 700km road will take more than enough vendors. What are the plans for the future in terms of rebuilding your business?

Despite setbacks, the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway remains a priority for the Nigerian government, with continued investments and commitments to seeing the project through to completion.

Once fully operational, the highway is poised to become a vital artery for commerce and transportation, bolstering Nigeria’s position as a regional economic powerhouse and facilitating greater connectivity within West Africa.

Now, points to note:

  • Minister of Works David Umahi, is determined to see the lagos-calabar coastal road completed.
  • Real Estate expert, Gbenga Adigun believes it’s a win-win situation.
  • And for the one who lost his property due to demolition, all hope is not lost.

In summary, the history of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway reflects Nigeria’s ambition to modernize its infrastructure and unlock the economic potential of its southern coast, despite the challenges inherent in such ambitious projects.

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