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THISDAY Summit: Fashola, Others to Market New Lagos

•Uwais, Akinyemi, Agbakoba, Carrington to discuss electoral reforms •Over 25 global CEOs cinfirmed
By Mary Ekah, 09.18.2007

The proposed new-look Lagos will be a major highlight of THISDAY’s special international summit holding in New York, USA, on Monday, September 24, 2007.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos will lead the drive for investment for his dream New Lagos, his pet project of developing Badagry and linking it to the rest of the state with a modern transportation system, provison of first-class infrastructure in the state, mass housing and tourism.
Experts and financiers from Dubai Holdings are expected to share experiences on the making of Dubai, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The “New City on the Atlantic” which the Lagos State government is planning to develop is part of the Mega City Project.
The Summit, with the theme “Nigeria Meets the World: Turning Challenges into Opportunities,” will, in addition to discussing the The Case for Lagos Mega City, will treat topical issues on Energy, Oil, Gas & The Niger Delta, Rebuilding Infrastru-cture, Deepening Financial Sector Reforms, Fighting Corruption, Ensuring Elec-toral & Democratic Reforms, and Climate Change: Why Nigeria Counts.
Already, the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Muhammed Uwais has confirmed his participation at the event.
Uwais, who is the chairman of the Electoral Reforms Panel recently inaugurated by President Umaru Musa YaríAdua, will moderate the break-out session on Ensuring Electoral & Democratic Reforms.
He will be joined by two other members of the Electoral Reforms Panel, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi and Chief Olisa Agbakoba who have both confirmed their participation.
Former US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington, has also confirmed his participation and will be a discussant on political reforms.
The summit will be graced by the Special Guest of Honour, President Yar’Adua of Nigeria, who will give the keynote address.
Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and President, Harvard University, is the Guest Speaker.
Other confirmed speakers are Mr. James Wolfensoh, former President of the World Bank Group, and Dr. Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State.
The plenary session will be chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of the Common-wealth.
As at last night, 27 global CEOs of oil companies, international banks and analysts had also confirmed participation.
Intending Nigerian participants are advised to register at thisdayonline.com/nigeriameetstheworld to book spaces at the summit.
 

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It sounds very promising:banana: ....but we need to get more information on it. But why aren´t the planners building it where Marina is? Badagary is so far away.
 

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Well done Naijalove, you beat me to it
 

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It sounds very promising:banana: ....but we need to get more information on it. But why aren´t the planners building it where Marina is? Badagary is so far away.
Yes it sounds promising. Lagos is probably the size of New York, so distance is not the issue, as NY has it's shares of spaced out cities.

Badagry has a lot of history to it that could also serve as a center for tourism. The Slave ports and monuments of Badagry itself could be a tourist attractions, and a city with hotels, restaurants and night clubs around the slave ports could be a good idea. Ghana and Senegal developed their slave ports. Very few people know that 40% of slaves were taken from Nigeria alone.

The Plan is a megacity. Meaning this is just one of many city centers that are planned. Besides, between the Marina and Badagry we could see lots of real estate spuring up.


The will link Badagry with the Marina using a metrorail. I think it is a good idea.
 

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I think you should save that picture and link to it from Photobucket or something. I see that you linked to it from the frontpage of the ThisDay website. The picture changes very often and you'll lose it once the Thisday webmaster changes the frontpage story.
 

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Yes it sounds promising. Lagos is probably the size of New York, so distance is not the issue, as NY has it's shares of spaced out cities.

Badagry has a lot of history to it that could also serve as a center for tourism. The Slave ports and monuments of Badagry itself could be a tourist attractions, and a city with hotels, restaurants and night clubs around the slave ports could be a good idea.:eek:hno: Ghana and Senegal developed their slave ports. Very few people know that 40% of slaves were taken from Nigeria alone.

The Plan is a megacity. Meaning this is just one of many city centers that are planned. Besides, between the Marina and Badagry we could see lots of real estate spuring up.


They will link Badagry with the Marina using a metrorail. I think it is a good idea.
As a whole, this project makes me very curious. I have already been googling for more news, could n´t find it yet. I think that it is still too fresh, so we need to follow it regularly:)
But I am not so fond of converting a former slave trade centre into a party and leisure zone. People dancing and celebrating in and or around a former slave trade centre is a spooky thought. (no "second Ibiza" there, please). It is just as if you would build huge hotels, funky bars and discos around former concentration camps in Germany where millions of Jews were viciously gased.:eek:hno:
As for "Ile de la Gorée" in Senegal, yes, it is pretty nicely developped spot but no loud discos are there, it is only a place with restaurants, NO big hotels or high-rises, only small privately run hostels/hotels and local art shops and galleries, museums, restaurants and soon a huge centre in memory of the former slave trade equipped with modern library and so on. So what I wanted to say is the approach has to be soft, careful and smooth
Maybe you meant this and I got you wrong.

They will link Badagry with the Marina using a metrorail. I think it is a good idea.
This is of importance when Badagary should be developped but new highways should also be built.

Well, let´s wait and see:)
 

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I think you should save that picture and link to it from Photobucket or something. I see that you linked to it from the frontpage of the ThisDay website. The picture changes very often and you'll lose it once the Thisday webmaster changes the frontpage story.

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I "photobucketted" it now. So it will stay!:)

 

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It sounds very promising:banana: ....but we need to get more information on it. But why aren´t the planners building it where Marina is? Badagary is so far away.
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Lagos needs many other CBD's besides the Marina area. I think it should use the Tokyo model with many CBD's. Its the only way to develop a mega city.
 

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matthias badagry is not just a slave port but a premium tourist area..its gt some of the best beaches and waters in lagos and is prime location to set up anything based on tourists
 

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matthias badagry is not just a slave port but a premium tourist area..its gt some of the best beaches and waters in lagos and is prime location to set up anything based on tourists
You needn´t explain this to me, I know it. but the sentence "Badagry has a lot of history to it (...) and a city with hotels, restaurants and night clubs around the slave ports could be a good idea."
Slave trade is a highly sensitive issue and I was a bit baffled by the idea of building a tourist centre with night clubs, big hotels and other leisure facilities AROUND it. Tourism needs a more soft approach around those grim spots. That´s the point that I was traying to make, maybe I misinterpreted Naijalove´s sentence.
 

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Buildings in the render look too short, I hope they are going to be taller and I hope this isn't another white elephant project.
 

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You needn´t explain this to me, I know it. but the sentence "Badagry has a lot of history to it (...) and a city with hotels, restaurants and night clubs around the slave ports could be a good idea."
Slave trade is a highly sensitive issue and I was a bit baffled by the idea of building a tourist centre with night clubs, big hotels and other leisure facilities AROUND it. Tourism needs a more soft approach around those grim spots. That´s the point that I was traying to make, maybe I misinterpreted Naijalove´s sentence.
nigeria tends to be very insensitive to slavery and need to better appreciate it instead of looking at it as a "money spinner"
 

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nigeria tends to be very insensitive to slavery and need to better appreciate it instead of looking at it as a "money spinner"
:lol: That's kind of ironic, considering that was the basis of slavery, even after the abolishment, African people are still trying to profit from the slave trade :nuts:
 

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I think you should save that picture and link to it from Photobucket or something. I see that you linked to it from the frontpage of the ThisDay website. The picture changes very often and you'll lose it once the Thisday webmaster changes the frontpage story.
Thanks. Matthias just did it.
 

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But I am not so fond of converting a former slave trade centre into a party and leisure zone. People dancing and celebrating in and or around a former slave trade centre is a spooky thought. (no "second Ibiza" there, please). It is just as if you would build huge hotels, funky bars and discos around former concentration camps in Germany where millions of Jews were viciously gased.:eek:hno:
As for "Ile de la Gorée" in Senegal, yes, it is pretty nicely developped spot but no loud discos are there, it is only a place with restaurants, NO big hotels or high-rises, only small privately run hostels/hotels and local art shops and galleries, museums, restaurants and soon a huge centre in memory of the former slave trade equipped with modern library and so on. So what I wanted to say is the approach has to be soft, careful and smooth
Maybe you meant this and I got you wrong.



This is of importance when Badagary should be developped but new highways should also be built.

Well, let´s wait and see:)
I get your point but the fact remains that the slave monument is not going to lie fallow. If you want people to visit it and remember the past, there has to be a place for them to stay and other things you can offer while they take time to reflect on the monuments of the past. The main reason no one knows about Badagry monuments is because there is simply no world standard facilities around for people to stay.

On the issue of commercial centers, Badagry was as much a commercial town as it was a slave town. This project runs in line with Badagry's heritage, both as a slave port and as a commercial town in its own right. I think this project is the best way to capture the two.
 
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