Friday, 22 February 2013

Jonathan, Clinton Reiterate Support For Eko Atlantic City Project, Join Fashola To Dedicate 5 Million Square Metres Of Reclaimed Land

Governor Fashola, President Jonathan & Bill Clinton During  The Dedication Of Eko  Atlantic City.

The ambitious coastline city project in Lagos, the Eko Atlantic City, Thursday attained a major milestone when President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and former United States President, Mr. Bill Clinton reiterated their support for the Project in Lagos as they joined the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to dedicate five million square metres of recovered land for the project.

The dedication ceremony of the recovered land which was witnessed by very eminent citizens including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, among other prominent Nigerians and international figures, marks a major step towards the full implementation of the project.

Speaking at the occasion held at the site of the project, President Jonathan encouraged other state governments and other entrepreneurs to emulate the “noble initiative” of the Lagos State Government and supporters of the new city adding, “New cities are good, new cities are smart, new cities help to improve our thinking and lives. It encourages urban renewal and where necessary, new cities must be built to complement old ones”,

Former United States President Bill Clinton in his address said the Eko Atlantic City would help diversify the economy of Nigeria and brand Lagos all over the world with enormous opportunities adding,“Within five years, people from all parts of the world would come as tourists to see the Great Wall that has been built against possible surges. It will create opportunities, investments, employment and advanced aspirations by branding the city, the State and the nation”.

“You have no idea how much hope this project can bring to the world. Billions of people are already living within one or two miles of an ocean all around the world. It is a place of commerce, a place of enjoying the sun, a place of hope and a place of bright horizons”, the former President said.

Speaking earlier at the colourful ceremony, Governor Fashola said although it was yet to be finished, the project has already become a success story especially with the dedication of the recovered land adding that because it is fueled by the support of men of goodwill, the project continues to overcome the various challenges that have confronted it since inception.

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