Ace Nigerian comedian, Alibaba, in a new Instagram post accused the Nigerian government of frustrating his big project which could have generated revenue for the Lagos State Government and also created jobs for many.
Sharing photos from a Lagos Island, the comedian disclosed that there used to be two islands facing the Third Mainland Bridge and he applied to turn it into a recreational spot. According to him, the then government kept frustrating his efforts for over a decade, until the Island was submerged in the water.
Alibaba further disclosed that the South African company who were to provide technical support for the project after they keyed into it, sent him a letter sympathizing with him after they saw the Nigerian Government didn’t share their vision. The comedian stated that the new post he made on the project came, after he stumbled on the mail his partners sent him . He wrote;
There used to be 2 islands in the body of water facing the 3rd Mainland Bridge… in 2003… I applied to lease it and make it a recreation spot. The idea was not approved. In 2007 I applied again… The request was not approved…. in 2012, when I made this visit (see photos) to the island, the second island of about 300sq Mt had disappeared. This was the last one.
It had about 100sqmtr left. About 2015, the island subsequently disappeared. It’s still under the water there now but just as a high ground. I just stumbled on the email my Technical Partners from South Africa sent me and one line in their email hit me… “Mr Ali Baba, it’s incomprehensible that a Government can not see the potentials that you have proposed, in this project, with all the economic and international tourism values. We, sympathize with you and look forward to working with you on future projects. Bryan Helsing