The drama and tension accompanying the proposed relocation of the renown Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos State, to Katangora in Agbado has reached palpable levels as rumors surfaced a few weeks ago that the Lagos State Government intended to effect the relocation before the end of 2017. The market is considered one of the biggest and highly patronized tech hubs for wide range of technology products in Nigeria. The Ikeja Computer Village is also one of the biggest hubs for products parts, and repair of gadgets. Thus, fears of hampering viable economic activities have run rife since the announcement. Nairametrics brings you all the main events as they have taken place since the inception of the idea.
- Lagos State Government and the Computers And Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) reached a deal on the relocation of the Market by December that year
- The then Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola restates plans to relocate the Computer village to a permanent site, a report says.
- The Lagos State government announces Katangora as the permanent site for the relocation of the Computer Village.
- Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban development, Wasiu Anifowoshe, disclosed the relocation of the computer village to Kontagora market in Agbado Oke Odo council area of the state before 2016 ran out.
April 25, 2017
- The Lagos State government during a press briefing, announces its plan relocate Computer Village to ICT park, Kantangora in Agbado, Techpoint says.
May 6, 2017
- Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe is visited by the executives of the management of computer village, the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria CAPDAN over rumors that the computer village will be relocated before 2017 end.
- The Commissioner debunks the rumors, insisting that the relocation will take place, but only after the ICT Park is fully constructed. ‘issue of moving computer village market latest by December, there nothing like that, I addressed to press and I never mentioned anything like that…wherever you would be relocated must be ready, what government intend doing now is to turn the soil, the type of structure the government has in mind is not that would be ready in six months” he said.