Rivers State Government at the weekend performed the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an Ultra-Modern Spare Parts Dealers and Automobile Technicians Complex in the state as a manifestation of government's on-going efforts towards achieving organized development.
Governor, Nyesom Wike who inaugurated the construction of the complex located at kilometre 17 Aba Road in Obio/Alpor Local Government Area of the state, assured that if completed the project would not only create employment for the indigenes but would bring orderliness.
While acknowledging the value of service the Spare Parts Dealers and Automobile technicians provided towards the commercial viability of the state, in spite of been a source of worries to residents and visitors who share in the vision of making Port-Harcourt one of the functional cities in the country, Governor Wike commended the proactive initiative by the Greater Port-Harcourt Development Authority, (GPHDA), in partnership with SPATMART Limited to provide accommodation for spare parts dealers and automobile technicians doing business in the state.
"While we contend with the high population of the city and the need to move them to a more suitable and comfortable location, we cannot but also appreciate the value of the service they provide to the commercial viability of the state.
"This is why we commend the proactive initiative by the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority (GPHDA) to propose a modern facility on 28 hectares of land in partnership with SPATMART Limited to accommodate spare parts dealers and automobile technicians doing business in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas," the governor said.
Governor Wike also described the impact the facility would add as a catalyst for the economic development of the state, as immeasurable as it would lead to wider development of the communities by creating numerous business opportunities to improve the quality of life of the people. He said that the government supported the project, which he said was geared towards the development of the state.
Gov. Wike pleaded with the people of the area, especially the youths, to see and embrace the project as an economic hub designed and created for them to explore and exploit meaningfully by setting themselves up with smaller businesses to improve their capabilities and earn a desired living.
"As a government, we are fully in support of such a purposeful initiative that synchronizes with government policy thrust of driving the development of the state for the deliberate and active involvement of the private sector," Governor Wike said.
He reinstated government's commitment to creating the enabling environment to attract investors to the state in order to create jobs for the youths. He urged the partners to commence work immediately in order to deliver the project within the 18 months stipulated time.
Earlier in his speech, the Board Chairman of the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Chief Ferdinand Alabaraba described the ceremony as significant as it marked an important milestone for the realisation of the dreams of Spare Parts Dealers and Automobile Technicians which started twelve years ago.
Chief Alabaraba lauded the Governor for making it possible to commence the process of relocating members of Spare Parts Dealers and Automobile Technicians within the first sixty days in office and solicited for more partnership from the private sector to realise its dreams.
Highlighting the project description, the Sole Administrator of the Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority, Ambassador Desmond Akawor noted that the project was approved by the Development Control Department of the Authority, promised to ensure that all construction are carried out within specification, saying that when completed, the project would be first of its kind in Africa.
Also speaking, the State Chairman, Spare Parts Dealers and Automobile Technicians Association, Maxwell Anoye said the multi billion naira complex would house everything required in Automobile and thanked Governor Wike for coming to their aid.
Source: Daily Independent