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Lagos-Calabar coastal highway: What we built in 6 years was demolished in 6 hours, Landmark laments

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A part of Landmark Beach on Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday was demolished to give way to the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, Nigeria’s biggest public infrastructure project.

This is despite the outcry in some sections about the potential jobs and means of livelihood that will be lost.

Defending the demolition, the Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi noted that the move was necessary considering the facility ia located on the Federal Government’s Right-of-Way.

He had earlier assured that with the design of the coastal highway project, only 50 metres of the shoreline and a few shanties will be removed while “permanent structures” will be left intact.

Images from the demolition showed that structures erected along the coastline including cabanas, football turf, and many others were pulled down. Breeze Beach Club, located at the centre was also pulled down.

In reaction to the exercise, a post on X from Landmark Africa, the parent company of the beach, read: “What we built in six years was destroyed in six hours”, alluding to their investment believed to be around $200m that has been turned to ruins. They, however, promised to be back.

Landmark owner, Paul Onwuanibe had earlier pleaded that the government return the construction of the coastal road to the original alignment before it was moved to the path of the beachfront.

He said the original plan will not only save businesses that will be destroyed as a result of the revised plan, but also save money and manpower for the government.

“The original alignment of the coastal road was Water Corporation Road. I mean, you had the picture on your screen, and it showed quite clearly the Water Corporation Road, the two feeder lanes, and then the medium that was meant to house it.

“Then there’s Landmark, and there’s the beach, and there’s the sea. The alignment was changed from Water Corporation Road… so instead of it running on the land side of Landmark, it’s going to run on the beach side of Landmark”, he told Arise TV.

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