Stakeholders finally approve relocation of Ikeja Computer Village to Katangowa

Stakeholders finally approve relocation of Ikeja Computer Village to Katangowa

- The proposal to relocate the popular Computer Village in Ikeja Lagos to Katangowa has been approved

- Stakeholders of the mega-sized market, after a recent meeting, gave their consent for the relocation of the market

- The project, which is the result of an agreement signed by Lagos state government and Bridgeways Global Projects Limited is aimed to be the biggest ICT park in West Africa

Stakeholders have endorsed the proposal to relocate the famous Computer Village in Ikeja Lagos to Katangowa area of Agbado Oke-Odo local council development area.

The resolve was made during their recent meeting where issues bordering on the project were addressed and resolved. The gathering was a veritable avenue to deal with the issues that have affected the speed of the movement to Katangowa as agreed by Lagos State Government and Bridgeways Global Projects Limited, Punch reports.

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Moreover, the stakeholders appointed one Ademola Olaifa as the interim chairman and Osy Ijeomah as secretary of the committee set up at the meeting to act as an intermediary between the firm and the community.

Olaifa described the project as “a viable one, a life-saving project that everybody that is alive wants to identify with. It is a thing we have been struggling for over the years. We are grateful to God almighty for sparing our lives to witness the taking off of the project.”

He further said that the project was a welcome and an enviable one that would benefit the Computer Village, the state government and the country generally.

Jimmy Onyemenam, the chief executive officer of the company, speaking on the project, said: “At the moment, the project is on the verge of flagging off, with the state government commencing a lot of expansion work, by clearing of the site and to hand over the site to us; we expect that to commence anytime from now.

"On Monday, we had a meeting with the squatters on the site and they are actually on standby to move.

“Fortunately, the state government is putting a human face to all of these and efforts are being made to make their relocation as painless as possible for all; there is going to be a lot of movement but not as gruesome as the experiences of the past.”

He a detailed the scope, size and facilities that would be provided at the new site.He said when ready, the Katangowa project would be the biggest ICT park in West Africa and would offer over 4,000 shops, incubators, accelerators, technology laboratories, exhibition halls, hotel, and shopping plaza.

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Onyemenam also said that the site will have an industrial park, warehouses, Kee Klamps (small shopping shades), a helipad, malls, banking halls, parking lots, conference centre, food courts, security and power, and delivered in a carefully laid out plan to remove the chaos currently affecting the village.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that fire gutted a section of Binukonu Ultra Modern Market, Ojota in Lagos in the early hours of Friday, March 23, destroying goods and property worth millions of Naira.

NAIJ.com gathered that this was the third fire incident at the the market in three years. Previous incidents occurred in 2015 and November 2017.

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