Controversial Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway Project Set for Inauguration by President Tinubu

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Coastal Highway Project Set for Inauguration by President Tinubu

President Bola Tinubu landed in Lagos on Saturday evening in anticipation of the inauguration ceremony for the highly debated Lagos-Calabar coastal highway project, projected to require an estimated N15 trillion investment.

The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, had previously hinted during the 3rd Stakeholders Meeting in Lagos that President Tinubu would officiate the project launch, sparking both anticipation and controversy within the political landscape.

Umahi addressed stakeholders on Compensation and Environmental Impact Assessment, particularly emphasizing community concerns, including those raised by the Okun-Ajah community in Lagos.

The proposed diversion of the highway, which stirred public outrage due to potential demolitions and displacements, is now reportedly abandoned due to the presence of submarine cables along the coastline.

The Okun-Ajah community had vehemently opposed the rerouting, citing risks of demolition to six villages and the displacement of three traditional kings. Previous demolitions had already affected businesses along the beachfront, including LandMark Beach and other establishments like Mami Chula Beach and Breeze Beach Club.

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Despite ongoing concerns, preparations for the project inauguration proceed as President Tinubu’s arrival signals readiness for the event. His itinerary also includes a series of official engagements and commissioning activities, including the inauguration of the concrete-paved road to major ports in Apapa and Tin Can Island. Additionally, Tinubu will virtually commission the refurbished Third Mainland Bridge and the rehabilitation of 330 roads and bridges nationwide.

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The focal point of President Tinubu’s engagements will be the inauguration of the iconic Lagos-Calabar Superhighway, symbolizing a significant infrastructure investment and regional connectivity initiative. With work underway on the legacy project, the President’s presence underscores the government’s commitment to infrastructure development and economic advancement.

Tinubu is expected to return to Abuja after the ceremonies in Lagos to commence another round of commissioning activities.

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