The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has disclosed plans towards the commencement of work at the Katangowa ICT Business Park, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area. The site is the proposed new location for the relocation of Computer Village Market in Ikeja scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum at the Council Secretariat in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Abiola Anifowoshe declared that the purpose of the meeting, the second in its series, is to keep stakeholders abreast of Government’s plan to ensure that concerned parties are carried along.
The Commissioner said the meeting was a follow-up to an earlier forum organized earlier to sensitize and get the buy-in of the Landlords, traders and other stakeholders, adding that the ICT Park would be a world-class project comparable to any other park in the world.
While assuring the people of the commitment of the State government to ensuring their socio-economic development through such projects, Anifowoshe informed that the project, in addition to the newly commissioned Abule-Egba Bridge, will enhance the value of properties and transform all economic activities in the area.
He, however, pleaded with stakeholders to support the project as the interest of the landlords, market men and women, and current occupants of the market will be protected, stressing that that Government will provide them with a temporary site for their businesses before work fully starts at the park.
“The project will be constructed on a 15-hectare land space, and will not only accommodate the computer village complex but also include modern facilities like community market of 520 lock-up shops, 260 open shops, 120-flat apartments and a hotel,” he said.
“The proposed park will also accommodate over 6000 people with all necessary facilities in place and adequate security”, he added.
Anifowoshe, therefore, implored the stakeholders with genuine documents and claims to register with the Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA for relocation and compensation as the State officials will soon commence facility stock-taking in the market.