Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has kicked off the construction of a N15 billion spare parts and automobile dealers’ village in Port Harcourt.
Performing the ground-breaking ceremony on Saturday, August 1, Governor Wike said the state government would support every initiative that would enhance the state’s development.
He reiterated that his administration would support every purposeful initiative in line with the policy drive of boosting the development of the state with the deliberate and active involvement of the private sector.
He said: “We are convinced that this facility will serve as a catalyst for the socio-economic development of the state.
“This facility will lead to a wider development of the communities around it by creating numerous other business opportunities to improve the quality of life for the entire area.”
Governor Wike appealed to the youths in the area to support those working at the project site, so they can deliver on schedule.
He further reiterated the commitment of the administration to attract serious investors to the state as they would profit from their investments.
He commended the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority for the initiative to construct the complex which was expected to solve the challenge of the disorderly presence of spare parts dealers and auto-technicians in the state capital.
“We are mindful of the fact that today we are just breaking the ground. The greater challenge is for the partners to ensure that construction work starts in earnest and the project delivered within the 18 months target you have set”, the governor said.
In his address, Chairman of the Board of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Chief Ferninand Alabrabra, said the first phase of the project would be ready in six months. He noted that all the other phases would be completed within the 18-month time frame.
He said the dream to move spare parts dealers and auto-technicians out of the Port Harcourt City centre had been in the offing for 12 years, pointing out that the pragmatic leadership of Wike had brought it to fruition.
The Sole Administrator of Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, Chief Desmond Akawor, disclosed that the facility would have 84 shops for spare parts dealers and 108 workshops for auto-technicians.