by Alli Mustapha
The Lagos State Government has assured stakeholders of the Computer Village Ikeja of a hitch-free movement to Katangowa, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, where the new computer and ICT hub is being relocated, saying that the movement schedule is proceeding as planned.
This assurance was given by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, when he was visited by the Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA) at the Ministry.
He established that the Lagos State Government would continue to share information and engage stakeholders for their buy-in, noting that the present administration is determined to relocate the Computer Village to a more conducive business-friendly environment to address the challenges created by the market in Ikeja.
Salako urged all stakeholders to continue to support the project which was conceived to enhance the sector, stressing that the new ICT and allied business centre would boast of 24-hours electricity, ICT hub, loading and offloading bay, car parks and banking halls among others. “The new site has been cleared and delivered to accommodate the upcoming development, whilst the construction of adjoining roads has commenced”, he said.
He also said that the new ICT Park is being undertaken through Public-Private Partnership in which Messrs. Bridgeways is the Private Partner/Developer and implored stakeholders to continue to engage with the developer on matters not clear to them and any other emerging issues.
On the other hand, Arc. Jimmy Onyemenam of Messrs Bridgeways stated that stakeholders’ engagement had been an integral part of the project and would continue so that stakeholders are always on the same page.
Also, Mr. Niyi Balogun, an Executive Member of the Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association, having been involved since the inception of the project, confirmed the involvement of stakeholders and urged the government to expedite action on the project.