The Onitsha shopping mall, which houses mega projects like international hotel, shopping mall and a convention centre and has a capacity to accommodate 5,000 persons. The premises houses Radisson Blu, an adjoining hotel project, which is planned as the first world class hospitality spot in Onitsha.
Speaking soon after inspecting the projects as part of the activities marking his 100 days in office, Governor Obiano said that he had extracted commitment from the contractor handling the projects that they would be completed in 10 months’ time, adding that a wide expanse of roads would link the three projects. He stated that the projects would have been ready in three months but for the shoddy performance of the previous contractor, which led to the revocation of the contract and generation of certificates and full mobilisation of the new contractor.Engr. Emejulu, CEO of Akiota Works Limited to take over and deliver the projects on time.
Governor described the aesthetics look of the projects as very good, pointed out that, when completed, the edifice would compare to Shoprite in Enugu and Shopping Mall in Lagos. According to Obiano “we are going to bring to the State a new shopping experience quite different to the business environment they are used to. The event centre will attract functions from neighbouring States in particular.” Giving further assurance, the Governor said “the entire place will be very important in South-East zone. We have 40 apartment buildings coming up. I thank my predecessor, for having the vision to start the project and we are definitely going to complete it in a record time.”
Speaking to newsmen, the contractor, Engr. Emejulu said that the original plan of the contract was to have about 90 rooms, but following adjustments made by authorities of Radisson Blue, the number of rooms increased to 150 rooms. He said the project was at the 7th floor stage, assuring that the job would be ready in January, 2014, as according to him, government had shown enough zeal to carry out the projects and fully mobilized his firm for the contract as agreed.
Gov. Obiano has vowed to keep his Vision “for Anambra State to become the 1st Choice Investment Destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities and his Mission “to create a socially stable, business friendly environment that will attract both indigenes & foreigners to seek wealth creating opportunities in Anambra State.
Governor Obiano assured that his administration would do everything possible turn the site into a hub of commercial activity, added that the recent provision of power supply in the market would improve business activities, and appreciated the foresight of the initiators and the provision of dual carriageway of about two kilometres within the market, with facilities that can take up to 1000 parked vehicles. Said Governor Obiano “This is clearly an international market; it will be interlocked and provided with infrastructures like light. When completed, this market will go a long way in helping to decongest the ever busy Onitsha main market.”
He emphasized, “we are still mopping up after some of the hoodlums relocated from Onitsha and we will not tolerate this kind of miscreants in Anambra State,” and urged the people in the area to do their business without hitches.
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