Expansion work will soon commence at the proposed site for the new Computer Village which is located at Katangua, the Agbado area of Lagos State.
This development was disclosed yesterday by Mr Jimmy Onyemenam (the CEO of Bridgeways Global Projects Limited), who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos.
Mr Onyemenam, whose company is the concessionaire in charge of the proposed relocation of Lagos’ popular Computer Village, said the expansion work is in preparation to the actual handover of the land of for development.
“At the moment the project is at 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.
“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 experiences of the past.” – Onyemenam
Speaking further, the CEO went further to hint at the master plan for the new Computer Village; stating that the Government has plans of making it the biggest ICT Park in West Africa. He said the new Computer Village will have 4,000 shops with numerous other facilities including hotels, shopping plazas, banking halls, parking halls, a helipad, etc.
Lagos State’s Computer Village is a major economic hub in Lagos
Computer Village, which is currently located in Ikeja Lagos, is a major economic hub in the state. Much like its name suggests, it is the ‘headquarters’ for the wholesale and retail purchasing of computers and phones in Lagos and Nigeria at large.
As a matter of fact, some of Nigeria’s biggest electronic companies such as Slots and Yudala are located here. Major international phone brands also have their outlets at the Computer Village.
Due to its importance, many observers have worried that the proposed relocation might negatively affect businesses due to the distant location of the proposed new site.
But the Lagos State believes this will not be the case. It said the relocation has become imperative, as the current location of Computer Village (which is a supposed residential area) does not align with the original master plan for the Lagos metropolis.