The State Government will expand parts of Awka road to further widen
the access road to the Onitsha International Shopping Mall. Governor Obi
who was speaking while inspecting the area said that was in addition to
the ongoing dualization of the Park Road, GRA.
mall is being executed under Public Private Partnership. The Governor
said the expansion would be extended to the Ontisha General Hospital
axis while an Amusement Park will also be built in the area. He
explained that that will enhance free flow of traffic in the area and
complement the on-going upgrading of infrastructure in Onitsha and
environs. The Governor
expressed satisfaction with the level of work at the kick off of the
project and assured that all necessary infrastructures will be put in
place to ensure smooth take off of the facility.
representative of the collaborating firm, Mr. Osita Okonkwo, said the
contractor had fully mobilized to site and ha procured all needed
materials for the project, assuring that the shopping mall would be
completed on schedule and according to specifications. Mr Okonkwo
thanked the Governor for awarding the contract for the access road and
for commitment to realizing the project.
Also speaking, a
representative of the Shoprites Group, Mr Gerald Frits, said that when
functional, the mall would reduce the cost of goods as they would be
working with local farmers in the State. Mr. Frits said the facility
would also provide a lot of employment opportunities, and commended the
vision of Governor Obi in attracting high class investments to the State
Gov. Obi ( right) with the State Commissioner for Works, Callistus
Ilozumba (right) during the inspection of the dualisation of Park Raod,
leading to the site where Shoprite Mall is under construction at
Gov. Obi (2nd right) with representatives of Shoprite during the inspection of Shoprite Mall under construction at Onitsha.