The Lagos State Government has appealed to stakeholders of Okobaba Sawmill in Ebuta-Metta to support the government in its efforts to successfully relocate the market to a more suitable place in Agbowa.
The appeal was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Office of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako.
He urged the sawmillers, residents and the Oloto family to be patient with the present administration as well as allow peace to reign in the community, saying that the government would continue to dialogue with all stakeholders for a lasting solution while the relocation process is on-going.
Explaining that the government is conscious of the exigencies of moving the market from its present location, Salako explained that plans are in place to deliver enduring infrastructure that would not only ease business at the Agbowa Timbervilla but also address the challenges faced by stakeholders at Okobaba.
Salako reiterated that the relocation of the sawmill became necessary to address the environmental challenges resulting from the existence of the market in Okobaba, noting that the new location will have tailor-made infrastructure that will boost sawmilling business in alignment with the T.H.E.M.E.S. vision of the Lagos State Government.
The Commissioner gave an assurance that the Ministry has already streamlined the process for actualising the relocation from Okobaba to Agbowa-lkosi, maintaining that movement to the new site will commence during the first quarter of the year 2020 as earlier scheduled.