Rendition of the skyline of the Financial District, showing the dominating proposed Africa Tower
|• Total||1,264 km2 (488 sq mi)|
|This project is currently under development|
Centenary City is a planned city, located in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria. Centenary City is a master-planned development overseen by Centenary City Developers FZE, in a joint venture agreement with Centenary City PLC and Front Range Developers FZE, as part of Nigeria's vision to create the city of the future smart city along the same lines as Dubai, Monaco and Singapore. The city is to be built from scratch on a 1,260 hectares of virgin land located several kilometres southeast of Nigeria's capital, Abuja and five kilometers from the International Airport.
The concept of the city was conceived as a legacy project to mark the 100 year anniversary of Nigeria by January 1, 2014, during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The City will have a mixed-use urban centre, a central business district, a financial centre, a museum and cultural centre to promote African and global arts, world-class hotels, Grade A offices, residential districts, an 18-hole golf course, polo and country club, an international convention center, sports and leisure facilities, a safari Park, educational institutions, healthcare and community amenities It is to be private-sector driven.
Centenary City has been declared an Economic City and approved for Free Trade Zone (FTZ) status by Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA). Centenary City is not the first FTZ to be licensed by NEPZA. There are over 30 FTZ operating in Nigeria approved by the government in order to boost the economy and attract foreign direct investments (FDI).
Delays and Return to Work
As of August 2018, plans were afoot for the project to get back on track after three years of administrative and land acquisition setbacks. Speaking at a press briefing, the director of NEPZA said the project when completed will attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) worth over $18bn and create direct 250,000 jobs. He revealed that the local and foreign investors led by Nigerian businessman, Alhassan Dantata and Front Range, have so invested $40 million on the master plan and other preliminary works. A signature infrastructure called “Buhari Tower”, named after incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, has been earmarked for construction within the Centenary City project in Abuja. The foundation is to be laid in the next four weeks as work is set to begin at the site. According to the representative of one of the co-developers, Alhassan Baba Dantata, the ‘Buhari Towers’ would house many residential flats which would be sold to middle income earners.
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