Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Wike yesterday inspected the ongoing construction of an 11000 square metres shopping mall in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with news men after the inspection tour of the facility, Governor Wike said construction of a Dubai standard supermarket in Port Harcourt underscores the importance of Port Harcourt as an investment destination.
The governor said to ensure maximum utilization of the facility at the Trans-Amadi area of Port Harcourt, his administration will support the investor by reconstructing the roads leading to the mall.
The governor expressed satisfaction with the investment, which he said will create employment opportunities for residents and the host community.
He thanked the private investor, Mr Ndibe Obi for choosing Port Harcourt for the mall, saying that the city has all the facilities that will attract credible private investors.
Governor Wike said:
"I am highly impressed by what I have seen here today. We will encourage the investor who has put in his resources and time to see that this is done in Port Harcourt. We encourage others to come to Port Harcourt.
"In supporting him, we will make sure that the roads leading to this facility are reconstructed to enhance the value of the shopping mall.
"I have never seen anything like this in any part of this country. If this comes up, it will send signals to other people that the best place to invest is Port Harcourt ".
He said: "So I thank the private investor for choosing Port Harcourt to build this kind of Supermarket ".
In his remarks, the Private Investor, Mr Ndibe Obi confirmed that the mall will house an 11000 square metre supermarket which will sell all types of products.
He said that facility will generate 600 direct and indirect employment for residents and the host community. He urged the Rivers State Government to support the company through amenities.