By Emeka Anokwuru
The Lagos State Government has assured residents of Katangwa, in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, host community of the new Computer Village, that their interest, whether personal or collective, will be protected even as plans are being concluded to flag off the project.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Abiola Anifowose, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the strategic parley held at the LCDA headquarters, assured the stakeholders, landowners and those who operate business in the area that they will not be forced out until befitting alternatives have been provided for everyone. He explained that unlike a military regime where issues of human rights are dumped, a responsible civil government like Ambode’s will carry everybody along to ensure smooth relocation, justice and equity, in line with government’s resolve to turn the metropolis into a mega city and create a conducive environment for urban dwellers.
Anifowose who conducted the meeting in Yoruba and English Languages, allayed their fears about forceful ejection, compensation or demolition without alternative accommodation, while urging all those affected to submit their particulars to the LCDA, in order to have a register of beneficiaries from the project, insisting that this will enable government allocate stalls only to rightful claimants.
He also disclosed that those relocating from Ikeja to Katangwa will not move in until the contractor has completed the structures, so as not to discomfiture anyone doing business either at the old or new location.
“A few months ago, when I came here and promised to build a flyover bridge at Abule-Egba to ease traffic and open up this flank, some of you thought it was impossible.