Akure - Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko on Monday inaugurated the construction of a N1.651 billion Shoprite Shopping mall and car park under the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
The projects scheduled to be completed within 15 months, is located within the premises of the state-owned Owena Motels Akure and close to the state’s multibillion naira event centre popularly called ‘Dome’ project.
Mimiko at the ceremony attended by top government officials, proprietors of the company, traditional rulers and other stakeholders, said the concept is to transform Akure into a Modern Retail Shopping City and an entertainment hub for the state and its environ.
He said while in the process, the project would create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths and graduates, and also for farmers and artisans which would therefore boost revenue generation for the state.
“Having this shopping mall here will make it easier for retail businesses in our state to thrive, expand and discourage adulteration as well as excessive spending on transportation and storage.
“This project has the capacity to serve as a true beacon of hope for everyone in Ondo State and it deserves to succeed. I am confident that with Top Services Nigeria Limited on board, our collective responsibilities will be met and our collective aspirations achieved,” he said.
The governor said the project when completed, would not only ensure the steady supply of genuine and affordable goods and services, but would also make Akure a commercial hub.
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