Exclusive: Lagos State may need N20b for new Computer Village (with photos)
The Lagos State Government may need about N20 billion to build a futuristic ICT Park proposed to accommodate businesses in Ikeja Computer Village, the nation’s biggest technology market cluster.[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Lagos State Government”]”In its continuous quest to redevelop Lagos Megacity that is conducive to business, tourism and living, the Lagos State Government embarked on the relocation of a number of commercial activities within the city that have, over time, become stressful to the smooth functioning of the State”, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development. [/blockquote]
[flagallery gid=1]The state government has conceived the idea of relocating Ikeja Computer Village a few years ago to create a conducive environment for business at the market cluster which house several businesses trading in computers, mobile phone and allied peripheral and services.
Technology Times checks have revealed that the phased implementation of the project may cost the state government in excess of N20 billion to provision the new site for business.
According to the proposed project document sighted by Technology Times, the partner company to the state government on the project plans a three-phase construction model ICT Park to be sited at Katangowa Agbado Oke-Odo CDA in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos.
When completed, the proposed project may see the relocation of Ikeja Computer Village being pushed under a public private partnership arrangement by the state government.
The future ICT Park is envisioned to be located on 15 hectares of land in Agbado Oke-Odo CDA in Alimosho LGA but no date has been set for its completion, people conversation with the situation have said.
The Lagos State Government has in a previous announcement said that the project is being pursued under its ambitious Megacity plan.
“In its continuous quest to redevelop Lagos Megacity that is conducive to business, tourism and living, the Lagos State Government embarked on the relocation of a number of commercial activities within the city that have, over time, become stressful to the smooth functioning of the State”, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
Under the government plan, business offering computer and allied services located in Ikeja are being relocated to Katangowa near Abule Egba to “necessitate the movement of the existing Katangowa Market to Amikanle village.”
Lagos State Government said that the new Computer (and allied) Business Park at Katangowa is proposed on a 21 hectares parcel of land that involves “the construction of the new Computer (and allied) business of 3,500 small, medium and big size showroom/office spaces and 3750 k-klamps (in an open floor arrangement) in an enclosed mall type building or series of linked buildings for a total floor space of 84,000 sq m, provided with infrastructure and ancillary facilities in atrium space with green roof and terraces.”