On the 9th of May, 2018, the Lagos State Government as part of its food security drive, especially in rice production, disclosed that its 32 metric tons per hour rice mill, in Imota, Ikorodu, would be ready for commissioning and production in February 2019.
The Commissioner for Works, Adebowale Akinsanya, reiterated this when the state executive council went on an inspection tour of some state projects.
Akinsanya also said the Imota light Industrial Park in the same complex with the Imota Rice Mill, would be ready before December this year.
He pointed out that the rice mill, which he described as the biggest in Africa, and the industrial park would have parking facilities for cars and articulated vehicles; administration block; clinic; restaurant; water and sewage treatment plant and a 10-megawatt independent power plant.
He said the new Regional Foodstuff Market in Imota would also house traders who would be displaced from Mile 12, Ketu and within the same corridor, and that it would be ready by October, while the traders would likely move into the new market before the end of the year.
“The location of the new foodstuff market compared to the present location is about 70 meters away from the road and has a car park that could accommodate no fewer than 1,000 vehicles,” he said.
In addition, the commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye, said: “We had meetings with the traders and they had expressed their willingness to relocate here.”
Lagos’ quest to become not just a mega city but a smart city may gradually be becoming a reality. As the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode called for a partnership with architects on designs to transform the state from a mega city to a smart city.
The governor, who was represented by Assistant Director, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Remi Adebo, urged the architects to take up challenges hindering the development of the state and brainstorm on solutions at the forum. This was done yesterday at the opening of the 2018 Lagos Architects Forum (LAF) in Lagos with the theme: Lagos 9.0 – Architectural Regeneration 1 – The Lagos Response.