4 industrial townships have been provided for in the Master Plan; a general overview of these townships are shown below.
Industrial and logistics development are the anchors of Enyimba Economic City. Current Economic Scenario warrants development of world-class industrial park with organized industrial products aimed at attracting a diversified base. The following list is the development rationale for the City.
Four (4) industrial townships are spread on the western and eastern sides of Enyimba Economic City to separate the dominant traffic. Industrial and Logistics Cluster attracts heavy vehicles such as 40- footer trailers and buses. Full load heavy vehicles are not encouraged to cut across CBD and Residential Township but shall proceed to Expressways and Railway.
Absence of any operational large scale organized industrial infrastructure in the region signifies opportunity to generate employment, promote domestic & foreign investments, etc.
Industrial city envisaged to enhance Economic Growth, whereby there is seamless integration into the country’s development and acts as a catalyst for realizing the government’s vision.
Requirement to provide the region with a significant edge in attracting investments across both existing as well as new industrial clusters.
Need to attract value-added manufacturing across upstream, midstream as well as downstream activities, while leveraging on natural resources (such as oil & gas, minerals, etc.) which are currently highly untapped.
Realization of long term objectives to facilitate transformation from a resource based economy to a manufacturing / processing led region, gradually gaining recognition as a regional industrial hub
Enyimba Economic City is strategically located in the center of Southsouth and Southeast States of Nigeria which is situated in between Aba with Port Harcourt and Owerri with Akwa Ibom, which enjoys multimodal linkages through seaport, airport, rail and road network.
Enyimba Economic City is characterized by the presence of A3 Expressway connecting the City to inland to the rest of Nigeria. Additional the City is well connected through vast road network with urban centres such as Aba and Port Harcourt. The immediate influence region (Southsouth and Southeast Region) provides 60 million catchment population and cross border catchment will further open up opportunity to cater for 300 million catchments.
In the coming years, Enyimba Economic City will emerge as a manufacturing hub and with improved multimodal transportation infrastructure, the logistics industry is poised for accelerated growth. The City is expected to result in substantial cargo generation, primarily as a result of international and domestic trade activities entailing faster movement of goods.
Furthermore, with the advent of increased investment, influx of technology and e- commerce, the demand for warehousing and storage space is expected to surge, which will eventually be beneficial for the overall logistics sector.
It is noteworthy that Nigeria, a country of 192 million people has no destination development for leisure. The central location of the new city will make it attractive as an entertainment hub.
As Enyimba Economic City progresses into the future, it is expected that the economy in the Southsouth and Southeast Region will gradually improve. This is expected to be contributed by the rise of more middle class families as more people will be employed in the professional field and witness increase of household income. Therefore, 60 million local catchments with not more than 90 minutes driving distance to the city is a huge demography to cater for.
With time, it will become national and international entertainment destination.
The dedicated Entertainment Zone is distributed around the main gateway to Enyimba Economic City and covers about 233 hectares. The location and size for Entertainment Zone will be prominent such that the general public will notice it as they travel along A3 Expressway without having to turn-in into the Economic City.
Enyimba Economic City is an integrated development which has multiple growth drivers and anchors. The City is envisaged to generate close to 625,000 jobs. The transient population and those living in the surrounding population centers will add to City population as they will also enjoy services offered in the City.
Proposed Healthcare Zone in Enyimba Economic City comprising 80 hectares and representing 1% of land use will ensure that long term provision for medical services are available and accessible for the City population and the visitors. The dedicated Healthcare Zone seeks to fulfil demand for medical services that may grow into medical tourism in future to cater to the regional demand from neighbouring cities and countries.
The dedicated zone also seeks to take advantage of opportunities to welcome back professionals in the medical field currently serving outside Nigeria. The vast biodiversity and natural environment surrounding Enyimba Economic City will also create diverse opportunities in healthcare and wellness.
These emerging opportunities motivated Enyimba Economic City to include 80 hectares of Healthcare Zone to address future growth. The proposed zone is distributed on the western side of the CBD.
A healthy and diverse residential population with varying age groups, socioeconomic groups and lifestyles contributes to the vibrancy of Enyimba Economic City.
The proposed Residential Township in Enyimba Economic City is an important component of the social infrastructure, because it ensures a balance of land uses and complements employment- generating uses by providing opportunities for workers to live near their jobs.
In total 908 hectares of main residential land use is allocated in the Residential Township adjacent to the CBD and Entertainment Zone.
There are also 4 Residential Zones in the Industrial and Logistics Parks. These four residential zones covers about 396 hectares.
It encourages diverse housing typologies including affordable housing for residents of all economic backgrounds. This is in addition to the luxurious housing options that will sell at higher premiums.
The proposed residential township also promotes a variety of housing densities. It shall include low, medium and high densities areas to offer multiple development concepts.
Greater emphasis shall also be given on providing accessibility to commercial zone, parks, open spaces, social infrastructure and transportation hubs.
Proposed Education Hub in Enyimba Economic City will be a vibrant knowledge and innovation cluster to provide an environment that is collaborative, multidisciplinary and multifunctional. The Education hub will have mixed assets and amenities that appeal to the knowledge-workers, creative-class individuals and entrepreneurs who will empower the modern economy.
The plan will create an environment where students from different background and geographical locations can interact to enhance interpersonal skills, industrial skills, creativity, integration of ideas and spur commercial innovation.
Education Hub is proposed as a supporting anchor in Enyimba Economic City. The proposed site spans over 144 hectares distributed at the south of Central Business District with direct access to the Proposed Owerri-Port Onne Expressway towards the southern part and CBD loop- road towards its northern part.
To the west of Education Hub is the Healthcare Zone which has public and private medical institutions. To the east is the Golf Course & Country Club. The location of Education Hub is far from Industrial & Logistics Cluster that generally has heavy traffic. It provides the opportunity to develop the Education Hub into a suitable green and sustainable urban campus for everyone.
As the industrial land start to be taken up progressively in Enyimba Economic City, there will be a need for a full-fledged business and financial center to facilitate the growing economic transactions arising from the flourishing industrialization.
This is the commercial, retail & hospitality land use located within other commercial land use predominantly within the CBD and other zones.
Furthermore, as the new Economic City prosper into the new decade with a gradual increase in population, social demand for city living will be propelled for those in search of the ‘big city’ lifestyle.
The CBD will form the commercial and business centre, and be heavily characterized by prominent features. They include high density of well- connected roads and building network, multi-storey condominiums and hotels, modern shopping malls and pedestrian precincts, central park, cultural and historical attractions, monuments, museums, office towers, financial and banking towers, government offices, civic buildings and MNCs headquarters. These will best represent the central core image of Enyimba Economic City.
Ultimately as Enyimba progresses into the future, various land uses will mature over time with the incremental demand for city life. The real estate value of the CBD will naturally be enhanced and form the most premier district of the city.
Based on the number of new jobs and expected living population in Enyimba Economic City, the population growth will bring about a big change in the economy of the Southsouth and Southeast. The growth in population will fuel greater demand for more residential homes, schools and public facilities for families. It will also generate more demand for office spaces for business and investment needs, retail, services and hospitality, among many others.
As Enyimba Economic City progresses into the future, it is planned to have an international airport that will further establish the city as a logistics and global economic hub. A huge opportunity also exists for Aviation Training School and airplane maintenance hanger, as currently there is no maintenance hanger operational in the whole of West Africa Region.