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Sand filling begins on portions of Landmark Beach Resort

Demolition: Rubbles replace businesses as FG’s bulldozer visits Landmark Beach

Landmark Beach Resort: Despite all the pleas and entreaties from concerned Nigerians and stakeholders, urging the federal government to find a win-win solution that will save investments by re-routing the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the government appears to have made up its mind.

The project has, therefore, commenced with sand filling of a portion of Landmark Beach Resort, a business in Oniru that received a demolition notice for encroaching on the right of way for the Coastal Highway project. is currently ongoing today.

Read also: Lagos to demolish $200 million Landmark Beach Resort for coastal highway project

BusinessDay learned about the sand filling from a video shared on Landmark Africa’s official X (formerly Twitter) account on Wednesday.

The video depicts earthmoving equipment filling sections of the beach. As per the tweet posted around 9:30 am on Wednesday, the beachfront and the Hard Rock Café area of the resort are nearly filled with sand.

“Landmark Beach sand filling happening live this morning 17/04/2024. Beach front, Hard Rock Cafe/Breeze almost gone!,” the post on Landmark Africa X account read.

Landmark Beach Resort, among other businesses in Oniru, faced a demolition notice from the Lagos State government due to parts of the resort encroaching on the right of way of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.

To safeguard its operations, the resort’s management engaged in discussions with both federal and Lagos State authorities to propose adjusting the highway’s route. They suggested redirecting it along the undeveloped median of Water Corporation Road to avoid disrupting the resort’s business.

Read also: Lagos-Calabar coastal highway: Doherty tells Lagos to seek alternatives to demolition of Landmark, others

However, David Umahi, the Minister of Works, in a stakeholders’ meeting last Thursday, clarified that altering the original route of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, which initially included Water Corporation Road but now affects establishments like Landmark Beach Resort, is imperative.

This revision aims to prevent demolishing extensive existing infrastructure along the originally planned right of ways from many years ago.

Umahi said that property owners affected by the coastal highway project were informed about the road’s alignment seven months prior. In addition, he disclosed that work on the coastal road had commenced, with provisions made for the area surrounding Landmark Beach Resort, granting these establishments extra time to relocate.