Due to the problem of environmental degradation, traffic congestion, pollution, and menace of social miscreants caused by the operations of the computer village in a zoned residential neigbourhood of Otigba Street and neighboring areas of Ikeja; the Lagos State Government proposed to move the market to Katangowa.
Indeed, Kotamgowa market is seen as a viable relocation site to accommodate the proposed ultra-modern ICT Park.
The project was initiated during the administration of the past Governor, Bola Tinubu.
This entails relocating Computer Village to a more conducive environment; where it will also serve as a new focus for the socio-economic development of Lagos mega-city; while at the same time increase the housing stock in Ikeja and return the area back to its designated residential use.
The Site for New ICT Park, Katangowa.
The project site/land (15.68 hectares) belonged to Lagos State Government.
It forms part of 2,184 hectares acquired by the Federal Government via gazette No 13. Vol.63 of 11th March 1976 for the National Housing Scheme.
The land was later released to Alimosho LGA through the exchange of letter No: 85 Vol. 85 page 88 of 13th August 2002; and the area was later transmitted to Agbado – Oke Odo LCDA; which then released 15.68hectares to the State Government vide Vesting Deed in 2017 for the overriding public interest.
On 26th February 2009, the necessary statutory notices (contravention, demolition and quit order notices) were served on the occupiers by LASPPDA; now LASPPPA.
Arrangements for removal were concluded but were stalled by massive protests from different pressure groups.
In order to douse the tension, several stakeholders’ meetings were held and it was resolved that some compensation will be paid on compassionate ground.
Moreover, plans had been concluded between the state government and the selected proponent (Messrs Bridgeways DPG); to accommodate the current Katangowa market in the newly proposed ICT and Allied Business park
Further several efforts are on-going to engage all identified stakeholders; including traders and others in an effort to engage and involve everybody in the relocation and redevelopment exercise.