Lagos Government says No going back on relocation of Computer Village, in order to achieve Ikeja Model City Master Plan
Lagos state government had, on Tuesday sealed up the popular computer village and the spare parts shops at first gate in Ikeja local government area of the state for flouting environmental law and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) provisions.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode greatly desires to make Ikeja a model city and would therefore leave no stone unturned in the relocation of the Computer Village to the new site in Katangowa, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area in line with the new Master Plan. According to the state government, the Ikeja Model City Master Plan originally was conceived to address the infrastructural challenges in the capital city.
The commissioner also indicated that as a sign of the state government’s genuine commitment to move the Computer Village from Ikeja to Katangowa, the take-off of the Katangowa project is already in its final stage of implementation, even as the government works towards ensuring its speedy completion.
The Ikeja Model City Master Plan, according to Ayorinde, designated the computer village for residential use and the government would adhere to the plans to make the area more organized and habitable.
Ayorinde however explained that the state government has not given permits to any individual or organization to construct any ICT specialized mall directly beside the newly built Ikeja Bus Terminal, as such a move would not be in line with government’s regeneration plan for the capital city. The Commissioner further disclosed that the government had already met with the executive members of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) where it reiterated its commitment to the relocation plan.
He has therefore implored the general public to ignore any information insinuating or suggesting the possibility of a false ICT mall. He declared that the current administration in Lagos state acknowledges the entrepreneurial spirit of hardworking individuals in the state who are contributing to the growth and development of both the formal and informal sectors and would, therefore, continue to do its best to support their endeavours.