The Lagos State Government headed by Governor Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, August 16, said the Okobaba sawmillers would possibly be moving to the proposed site at Agbowa area of Ikorodu by December.
Sanwo-Olu said this in Ikorodu at the inspection of ongoing works at the proposed Timberville, Agbowa.
He said the project was conceived quite a long time. However, he added that his administration was determined to complete it, for the good of the economy.
He said the government had completed a total of 160 two-bedroom flats as part of the facilities that were available for the potential Okobaba Sawmillers that would be occupying Timberville, Agbowa.
According to him, the construction of the access road is in progress and will be completed soon; with work around Timberville is 95 per cent completed.
”We are happy that within our government, we activated it back…We have spent a lot of money resources to be able to bring it to a usable and convenient situation.
”Part of the facilities that are here is for the potential Okobaba Sawmillers that are coming here.
”We have got a total of 160 2-bedroom flats that have been completed.
”We have offices that run into tens. One of the things that we need to do now is extensive clean-up, and to be able to put a police post and a small fire service here.
”So, the sawmillers are actually just waiting for us to clean up; to ensure that the place is fully habitable for them to start to move. We have all agreed completely, and in terms of political will; we have 110 per cent political will to complete the project,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also said that Timberville has a plant where byproducts coming out from the mill; from the saw dusts, would be treated for reuse so that nothing would be wasted.
”We have told the contractor, once we have made additional funding available, we are hoping that before the end of this year, we all should sing hallelujah, and bring everybody down here.
”We will complete this project, we will relocate all of our sawmillers from Okobaba to Agbowa Ikosi, purpose-built for them. This place is massive, it is the first of its kind, I dare say in the whole of West Africa because this is purpose-built for sawmillers,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said the government would ensure that all necessary equipment was brought in for the sawmillers, as this would make their work a lot easier, a lot better, and people could access them.