The upgraded Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Surulere, Lagos was last weekend, formally commissioned by Governor Babatunde Fashola. The ultra modern shopping complex which has built up area of over 22,000 square metres and comprises 154 shops, is owned by Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC). The complex also boasts of a park that can take about 330 cars.
Governor Fashola stated that the advent of ultra modern shopping malls in the Surulere neighbourhood will save the people the cost and stress of driving to Ikoyi and Victoria Island to shop
LSDPC’s Managing Director, Mr. Abiodun Oki said the Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Centre which was conceived, built and commissioned in 1975 by the then Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson, came as an icing on the cake for residents of Surulere.
Mr. Oki added that because the shopping centre remained a government facility, it was difficult to charge commercial rate and this naturally affected its maintenance.
The LSDPC boss said attempts to redevelop the mall was resisted by the sitting tenants who even dragged the corporation to court. They later withdrew the case from court.
“Eventually, an understanding was reached between us and the tenants to the effect that all of us agreed that the facility needed an overhaul. Of the various options available to us, the proposal of Top Services Limited which involved an agreement with tenants to accommodate them in the new structure at a heavily discounted rate was accepted”, Mr. Oki said.