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Why US wants to relocate Consulate to Eko Atlantic City

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The United States Consul General in Lagos, Mr John Bray on Wednesday announced that the home government had secured about 1,000 hectares of land on the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

Bray made the disclosure at his residence shortly after signing the engagement agreement between the U.S. government officials and Mr Roland Chagdury, the Executive Chairman of South EnergyX Nigeria.

The consul general said the decision to build a new consulate in the Eko Atlantic City was to afford Nigerians better and more accessible services at the consulate general.

“This is another demonstration that the United States is committed to
Nigeria and her citizens.

“What we currently have as a Consulate General was constructed in the ‘70s.

“So, we  have acquired a land in Eko Atlantic City to build a new consulate better and more accessible to Nigerians and others coming to visit for visas and other services,’’ he said.

Bray said that the U.S. government was proud to be participating in the Eko Atlantic City project, adding that the new consulate would
further strengthen the U.S./Nigeria relations.

The Envoy, who said that the City was selected for its world-class infrastructure, reiterated the consulate’s commitment to working with Nigerians in providing opportunities for economic and development in Lagos.

Mr Roland Chagdury, the Executive Chairman of South EnergyX Nigeria said that the U.S. government was welcome to the Eko Atlantic City.

Chagdury said that the confidence of the U.S. government in the Eko Atlantic City had reinforced the shared beliefs in the benefits that the city would bring to generations to come.

“We warmly welcome the government of the United States of America to the Eko Atlantic City.

“The signing of this agreement today signifies the dedication that the United States of America has always had for Nigeria,’’ he said.

Chagdury commended the Lagos State government and the Federal Government for their continued support in making Eko Atlantic City a success.

Eko Atlantic is an entire new coastal city being built on Victoria Island adjacent to Lagos, Nigeria.

The city is officially Nigeria’s International Commerce city, which is a planned city of Lagos State, being constructed on land reclaimed from the Atlantic Ocean.

It is a focal point for investors capitalising on rich development growth based on massive demand – and a gateway to emerging markets of the continent.

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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