Over the last two decades, Anambra State has become a highly urbanized area with 62% of its population living in urban zones. The Government of Anambra State, with the assistance of UN-HABITAT, has produced 20-year structural plans (2009–2028) for three major cities in the state, including Awka, to guide growth in the future. Anambra thus became the first state in Nigeria to adopt such an extensive structural plan for its cities. These plans will enable the State to continue its grow as a major economic center in Nigeria.
View Larger Map Just South East across A 232 from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Main Campus
Advantages of the Location
This particular location has been chosen for a SmartCity because of its location in the State Capital Territory, across the road from the main campus of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, with access to primary infrastructure, such as paved roads, the national power grid and other public utilities. It is located within 2–5 miles of the State’s industrial layout, the government secretariat, and the central business district. The site has a nearby renter population comprised of government employees who are able to obtain mortgages. It is also near the old Awka town and 30 minutes drive from Onitsha, the state’s largest industrial and commercial hub, both with vibrant informal sector businesses whose operators enjoy incomes that are, on the average, higher than that of civil servants. Government has designated the land for housing.
SmartCity Amansea is proposed as a 77.4 hectare, prime community development product of a public-private-partnership involving the Sponsor – SmartCity Developers, LLC (AIM Partners, Ltd, McMeadoy Group, Ltd.; Housing Group, Inc., etc.) and the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Nigeria, working with state and federal government agencies. The lead planning and design team member is AIM Partners, PLC. Local design and construction firms will be pre-qualified, retained, and supervised for localized design-build support services. Formalized training and certification for applicable technologies will be provided by SmartCity Developers, LLC.
The neighborhood is planned to have well paved roads with underground drainage systems, potable water treatment and reticulation, a community center with fitness equipments and media room, 24/7 security and public safety facilities, including CCTV, intercoms, fire rescue and neighborhood policing to support a modern lifestyle in a well landscaped, gated community. It will offer homes outfitted with trademark energy-saving appliances, as AIM has made energy efficiency a chief priority in development and building plans. In addition to connection to the national power grid, there will be back-up generators and solar systems to offer the community a 24 hour power supply.
The Federal Housing Authority of Nigeria hosted a public bidding process for those interested in developing the site and building specified housing units within the site. AIM Partners Ltd was successful in the bidding exercise and entered into a Public-Private Partnership with the Authority to develop three or more types of housing units and is currently in talks to be the master developer for other sites.