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Nigeria set for first motorsport facility

Plans have emerged for a $100m (€85.9m) project in Nigeria that is set to result in West Africa’s first motorsport circuit and leisure park development.

Ogun State Motorsport (OSM) is a project proposed by Baba Epega, chairman and founder of event management company EMC3, and backed by Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State. The facility will be based on the outskirts of Abeokuta, near Kobape township in Ogun State on a 500-hectare plot of land. 

Driven International will be working with EMC3 Nigeria, on behalf of Ogun State to design the new motorsport development. Work is underway to develop a detailed schematic master plan for a new motorsport hub which is expected to include a variety of automotive training and education facilities.

“Our aim is to develop Ogun State as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for job creation and training,” Epega (pictured) said.

Organisers have said there is scope for manufacturers and automotive companies to become involved as there will be training institutions, showrooms and test centres in the racetrack complex.