Some leaders in the Ikorodu area say they welcome the move by the Lagos State Government to build a shopping mall at the secretariat of the Ikorodu Local Government Area on T.O.S. Benson Road, Ikorodu.
The leaders, who claimed that the secretariat land was currently underutilised, spoke after a meeting, saying the claim that residents of Ikorodu did not support the use of the council secretariat for a shopping mall was not true, a statement said on Thursday.
Punch Metro had reported that the residents had decried the usage of the council secretariat for the project, suggesting that the shopping mall should be built in unoccupied land.
But the leaders, who commended the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, for the move, said the shopping mall would create employment.
The leaders include a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Abiodun Ogunleye; the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi; Lagos State Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in charge of Lagos East, Chief Kaoli Olusanya; former Secretaries to the State Government, Chief Funmi Bashorun; Princess Adenrele Ogunsanya; Chairman, Council of Baales, Ikorodu District, Chief Muftau Odusoga; and the Chairman of Ikorodu Community Development Council, Alhaji Lukman Shonibare.
Ogunleye, who noted that that the project would ensure an optimal use of the Ikorodu LGA’s land, added that since the creation of five local councils in the area, the secretariat had been largely under-utilised.
He said, “The project will create a viable socio-economic life and employment in Ikorodu and boost its contribution to Lagos’ Gross Domestic Product.
“A stakeholders’ meeting was held at the Ikorodu Town Hall in 2017; it was at the meeting that Ikorodu people approved that the shopping mall should be sited where the council secretariat is.”
The monarch, Oba Shotobi, who lauded Ambode for the initiative, added that the land was not sold.
He said, “The land has not been sold; I can never compromise the future of Ikorodu.
“Basically, economic development is the main reason why we are vacating the present location of the council.”
Also speaking, Olusanya noted that with the influx of people into Ikorodu, there was a need for the project where investors, entrepreneurs and practitioners in the entertainment industry could operate.
He added that it was normal for re-allocations of land resources in an urban development plan, pointing out that the proposed project was in line with the regional Master Plan of Lagos State.
Odusoga pledged the support of the baales in the Ikorodu District for the projects.