Almost 15 years after the state government muted the idea of relocating Okobaba Sawmill in the Ebuta-Metta to Agbowa axis, the Lagos State Government yesterday insisted that it had begun the streamlining of the roles of contractors and agencies involved in the relocation of the market to a more suitable place in Agbowa.
The government noted that the relocation would take effect by the first quarter of this year. Saturday Telegraph gathered that the development followed the lingering crisis between the host community and the sawmillers in the axis. The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, who said this, urged the sawmillers, residents and the Oloto Family to exercise patience and allow peace to reign in the community, saying that government would continue to interact with all stakeholders for a lasting so-lution while the relocation process was ongoing.
He explained that the state government while being mindful of the exigency of moving the market from its present location would not compromise standard as her aim was to deliver enduring infrastructure that would not only ease business at the Agbowa Timbervilla but also address the challenges faced by stakeholders at Okobaba. He reiterated that the relocation of the sawmill had become necessary to address the environmental challenges brought about by the existence of the market and bequest a functional, well organised and resilient smart city in line with the THEMES agenda of the Lagos State Government. Saturday Telegraph gathered that “Timberville Market,” Agbowa, is a clear departure from what obtained in Ejinrin, the original location earlier marked for the project, before it was aborted in 2006.
The project had log yard, band saw, circular saw, stacking yard, generator space, blacksmith, turner and welder space, wood turner, carpentry and furniture makers, wooden photo frame, sawmill engineers and lathe machinist. Other facilities are timber sales shed and offices; saw dust silos and dump sites, meeting halls, restaurants, band saw toilets, public toilets, car park, truck/pick-up park, trailer/lorry parkand push cart park. Also included in the design is 506 unit of two-bedroom housing estate.
The commercial aspects include: the construction of 250 Band Shaw Shed, stabilisation of the terrain and other infrastructure that are necessary to make the site achieve its objectives. The overall objectives of the project, apart from saw milling activities, is to ensure that other ancillary activities such as conversion of raw wood into plane and other finished wooden materials. The 400 units of various house types have been provided at Agbowa Housing Estate, located at Imofe- Imupe Road, Agbowa.