Lagos State government has once again revisited its plans to relocate the popular Computer Village market in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland to Katangwa, Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA. With over 3,000 ICT small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), Computer Village is said to contribute an estimated N1.5 billion to the nation’s economy on a daily basis.
Mr. Wasiu Anifowose, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at a strategic parley held at the LCDA headquarters recently, assured the stakeholders, landowners and business owners in the area that they will not be forced out without a befitting alternative been made available for everyone. He also said that the new development will be for the good to all, and that their interest will be protected while the project plan is flagged.
Anifowose, who conducted the meeting in Yoruba and English Language, addressed the fears of forceful ejection, compensation or demolition without alternative accommodation, while urging all those affected to submit their particulars to the LCDA, in order for proper data to be captured for all to benefit from the project insisting that this will enable the government allocate stalls only to the rightful claimants.
“A few months ago, when I came here and promised to build a flyover bridge at Abule-Egba to ease traffic and open up this flank, some of you thought it was impossible. But the bridge has been completed, and in record time, and based on that promise which has been fulfilled, I am here today in company of the Permanent Secretary and with the LCDA chairman as my witness, to announce Governor Ambode’s determination to build the new computer village in this area,” he said.
Reacting to the Commissioner’s comments, Chairman Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA, Mr. Augustine Arogundade, said he was pleased to host the meeting and commended the government for siting the project in his domain. He pledged maximum collaboration with the stakeholders and the contractor in bringing to reality the new Computer Village in Lagos.
CEO Bridgeways DPG Limited Mr. Jimmy Onyemenam during a brief presentation broke down the project and how the facility would be, he said that Katangowa project would be “the biggest ICT Park in West Africa and will offer over 4,000 shops, exhibition halls, hotel, shopping plaza, industrial park, warehouses, Kee Klamps (small shopping shades), a helipad, malls, banking halls, parking lots, conference center, food courts, security and power, and delivered in a carefully laid out plan to remove the chaos currently bedeviling the Computer Village, Ikeja.