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Right of Way of Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway redesigned to save infrastructure – Umahi

The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has explained that the redesign of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway’s original route, which initially included Water Corporation Road but now incorporates the coastal path affecting establishments like Landmark Beach Resort, is necessary to avoid demolishing the extensive infrastructure developed by original planners.

Umahi disclosed this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday.

He said President Bola Tinubu, during his tenure as Lagos State governor, had envisioned the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway project, leading to the initial design that included Water Corporation Road. However, since then, the area has become developed with high-rise buildings and other infrastructures.

Umahi pointed out that this development led to the necessity of rerouting the highway along the coast to prevent the destruction of existing structures, ensuring the preservation of valuable infrastructure for the coastal highway project.

The Minister of Works further emphasized that, in large-scale infrastructure projects like the coastal road, national interests take precedence over individual concerns. He stressed the importance of prioritizing the broader benefits and needs of the country in the planning and execution of such significant developments.

Umahi addressed concerns about the short notice given to Landmark Beach Resort and other businesses for relocation due to the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway. He clarified that the notice period was not limited to just seven days. iHe said the affected property owners had been aware of the road’s new alignment for about seven months.

Umahi emphasized that there had been ongoing discussions with the businesses, indicating that they had ample time to prepare for evacuation.

On the progress of the highway construction, Umahi noted that work had commenced and special accommodation was made for the area surrounding Landmark Beach Resort.

He disclosed that the construction sequence was adjusted to give these establishments additional time to vacate the premises.

Minister Umahi further revealed that he paid a visit to Landmark Beach Resort. There, he conversed with the Managing Director to identify compensatory measures for the disruptions caused by the construction. A key solution proposed was the construction of artificial pools at Landmark Beach Resort, aimed at mitigating the loss of direct beach access due to the new highway alignment.