Architects plan Geodesic Dome, skyscrapers in Lokoja
A consortium of architects has announced major development plan for transforming the confluence of River Niger and Benue in Lokoja into tourists attraction site.
The new initiative by a private firm, the Y-Group led by the Former national President of the Nigerian Institute of Architecture (NIA) Gabriel Aduku is part of effort to concretize Lokoja as one of the United Nation’s ten Heritage cities.
Under the proposed plan, the group is asking for Government’s permit and enabling environment that would allow them to pull resources together to construct a Geodesic Dome of about one kilometre, which would house skyscrapers such as hotels and other types of green structures.
Aduku who spoke on behalf of the group during the World Architecture Day in Lokoja said the proposed project will be a unique iconic structure of the specified dimension that will house other elements for tourists attraction, like a harbor and also some water games and so on.
“Lokoja offers itself to such a unique treat because of would boost our economy through tourism. It will bring on board many other things including playing the role of unity of our nation by all the States that are bordering both rivers at least trailing back to the period of amalgamation of the North and South.
“”I believe that such an iconic structure architecturally defined as unique through out the whole world would bring a focus unto us. It would be moving us away from oil as our main life wire in this country. It would be a major contribution if by sheer effort we can ensure that the rivers are navigable and that people can travel from anywhere in the world and come through into Lokoja, Kebbi, Makurdi and the Inland Water ways works.”
Aduku who was also a former minister for State on Health explained further that such a unique Iconic structure would on its own attract a lot of visitors. “It will propel a lot of economic activities by ensuring that the rivers become navigable so as to let in a number of visitors, a number of tourists and all actions and that will boost a lot of economic activities in Lokoja and in the State in particular.
He said the United Nations is at the centre of the issues as it had created the day for architects. “It gives recognition to Lokoja and also help to consolidate the UN recognition of Lokoja on its own as one of the heritage cities of the world.”
He added that architecture and heritage have relationship as works of arts.
According to him, all they require from Government is support not necessarily finance but giving them that authority as professionals who have proved their worth and are concerned about the two Rivers working.
Aduku said the Geodesic Dome would also be a source of energy, as the solar panels used for its surface would be tapping energy from the sun. He said the excess energy would also be taken to the National grid, as it would be too much for the houses under the dome.