Weeks after InsideMainland reported the news of the relocation of the Ikorodu Local Government Secretariat from the T.O.S Benson road, Ikorodu to a new location along Haruna, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, to make way for the construction of international franchise brand Shoprite, major stakeholders in the community has finally reacted to the development.
According to some of the leaders in the community, the move by the Lagos State Government to build a shopping mall at the secretariat of local government is a welcome development.
According to Punch, the leaders claimed that the secretariat land was currently underutilised, spoke after a meeting adding that the claim that residents of Ikorodu did not support the use of the council secretariat for a shopping mall was not true.
Commending the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the move, the leaders which include a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Abiodun Ogunleye; Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi; Lagos State Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in charge of Lagos East, Chief Kaoli Olusanya; Former Secretaries to the State Government, Chief Funmi Bashorun, Princess Adenrele Ogunsanya; Chairman, Council of Baales, Ikorodu District, Chief Muftau Odusoga and the Chairman of Ikorodu Community Development Council, Alhaji Lukman Sonibare, said the shopping mall would create employment for residents of the community.
Ogunleye, who noted that the project would ensure an optimal use of the Ikorodu LGA’s land, added that since the creation of five local councils in the area, the secretariat had been largely underutilised.
“The project will create a viable socio-economic life and employment in Ikorodu and boost its contribution to Lagos’ Gross Domestic Product,” he said.
He added that: “A stakeholders’ meeting was held at the Ikorodu Town Hall in 2017, it was at the meeting that Ikorodu people approved that the shopping mall should be sited where the council secretariat is.”
The monarch, Oba Shotobi, who lauded Ambode for the initiative, added that the land was not sold.
“The land has not been sold, I can never compromise the future of Ikorodu. Basically, economic development is the main reason why we are vacating the present location of the council,” he said.
Recall that InsideMainland reported that the new location occupied by the local government has gulped over N100 million (One Hundred Million) naira which led to a mixed reaction among residents of the community.
At the time, the residents had decried the usage of the council secretariat for the project suggesting that the shopping mall should be built on an unoccupied land.