The Lagos State Government has assured Sawmillers in Okobaba, Ebute-Metta that it will hasten the process of their relocation to the “Timber-Ville” in Agbowa following the recent fire outbreak.
Speaking at a recent visit by representatives of the Lagos Mainland Sawmillers Association to his office, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako explained that the planned relocation of the Okobaba sawmill emanated from the desire of the Lagos State Government to create an ultra-modern sawmill industrial complex at an alternative location.
He attributed the government’s drive to the desire for a sustainable physical environment, reiterating that the proposed relocation site in Agbowa will have a link connecting Ikorodu-Itoikin Road, among others.
Salako conveyed the Lagos State Government’s sympathy to the sawmillers and others who lost their valuables in the recent inferno at Okobaba, assuring that the proposed permanent site will be conducive to transact their business.
The Commissioner expressed satisfaction with the excitement and willingness shown by the sawmillers to move to Agbowa ‘Timber Ville’, calling for their continuous cooperation for steady progress of the project.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Lagos Mainland Sawmillers Association, Alhaji Onikeku, who commended the Lagos State Government for showing concern for their cause, urged the government to expedite action on the planned relocation of members of his association to Agbowa.
He affirmed that members are delighted and in support of the proposed movement, pledging cooperation of the association to ensure unhindered movement of their sawmilling activities to Agbowa.