Ahead of the visit of Nigeria’s first citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari to Ikeja, Lagos Mainland tomorrow, Thursday, March 29, 2018, the state government has announced a work free day and the traffic diversion around Lagos Mainland communities with Ikeja inclusive.
As a result of the development, residents and business owners in Africa’s largest ICT hub, Ikeja Computer Village, a market that makes a staggering daily revenue of N1.5bn and around N540 billion annually, have expressed fears that the partial closure will affect businesses in the community.
Commenting on the development, President, Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Ojikutu Adeniyi, said there is no cause for alarm as the ICT market will be open for business as usual.
“There is no need to cause unnecessary fear where there is none. Ikeja Computer Village will open for business and people will go about their daily activities normally,” he said.
He added that: “We should be happy that Computer Village and Ikeja is hosting the whole of Nigeria with the President coming into town. The structure that the President is commissioning is in the interest of people in Ikeja and Lagos. I am sure it will bring more to the community and rub off positively on the businesses in the axis.”
On the partial closure on roads and streets connecting the market, Ojikutu said: “It is a function of cooperating with the state government to better the lives of people in the market and environs.”
Meanwhile, InsideMainland reliably gathered that apart from the partial closure on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, business owners and persons who trade within and outside the premises will also face road closure in areas such as Kodesoh Road, Simbiat Abiola Road, Awolowo Way, and Bank Anthony Way, Along Airport Road.
However, only Otigba Gate by Awolowo Way through Anifowose would be open for use by people.