In its spirited efforts to transform Lagos into a mega city, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode‘s bulldozers might be working at the Computer Village, Ikeja soon.
The state government has in the past months been leveling and destroying ‘illegal’ structures and shanties in the city. Although the government said the destruction of these communities, including the most reported Otodo-Gbame in Lekki, was to forestall an environmental disaster, thousands have been rendered homeless.
In a statement by the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose, it said traders at Computer Village will be relocated to Katangwa in Agbado/Oke-Odo.
Speaking at the 2017 Ministerial Press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday, April 25, Anifowose said after the relocation, the area would be converted into a world-class ICT Park.
He said: “If at the end of this administration, the Computer Village is not moved from that Otigba Street in Ikeja to Katangua, I will not come here next year.”It is a done deal; we have held a stakeholders’ meeting with the traders and they agreed to the relocation plan. It is an 11-year project that different administrations attempted to undertake but the present governor is a go getter.
“The relocation will deliver a world class computer and allied Activities Park. The process leading to the commencement of the development is in the concluding phase.”
Anifowose also said that massive construction is ongoing in Imota, the permanent site of the Mile 12 Market in Ketu. The market will be moved from its present location (Ketu) to the new site.
“If you go to Imota, you will be amazed at the level of work done,” he added.
On demolitions, he said that the state government has begun paying compensation to those whose houses were consumed by government projects and right of way recovery.
“The state government pays billions of naira for compensation,” he said.
According to him, the relocation of Computer Village will curb environmental degradation, housing stock deficit and traffic congestion in the Ikeja axis.
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