Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, on Wednesday unveiled the Shoprite outlet in Akure, the state capital, where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing enabling environment for small and medium scale businesses to thrive.
Unveiling the outlet, located in the premises of the old Owena Motel, Akure, the governor assured the people that the mall would add value to the economic landscape of the state, stressing that it would also provide opportunities for domestic retailers to by enhancing effective supply chain process.
He noted that the Mall would create employment opportunities as well as boost the economy of the state.
Mimiko said, “Looking forward in the next couple of weeks, the Dome will be back along this corridor and this place will be the commercial hub of sort. At the end of all these, our people will be gainfully engaged and the multiplier effect on our economy will truly be great.
“The excitement is not just having the Akure Mall, but about the opportunity for our local retailers to ply their trade and also about the opportunity for a supply chain that will originate from this state.”
Chief Executive Officer of Top Services Limited, the developer of the Mall, Mr. Tokunbo Omisore, commended Mimiko for providing the enabling environment for the project and also for fast-tracking every aspect of the contract agreement.
According to him, the Mall will provide jobs for no fewer than 1,000 residents of Ondo State, adding that entrepreneurs and small and medium scale businessmen would be able to showcase their products, especially farm produce.