ABIA (FIC’ Report)-The Abia State Retail and Shopping Mall has been commissioned and officially opened for business. Speaking at the occasion, the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu said that the Mall will be a hub of opportunities for people all over the world to do business adding that Abia State now belongs to the comity of States that have Shoprite.
He requested that Made-in-Abia products such as shoes and bags should be displayed alongside foreign ones assuring that Made-in-Abia products would take upper hand as it is of higher quality.
Dr. Ikpeazu commended the former Governor, Senator Theodore Orji for initiating the project, saying that government has many reasons to be proud of him.
In his speech, the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator T.A Orji, said he was happy to be alive to see the dream of having the Mall come true. Chief Orji, who narrated the story of how the Mall came to be through an M.O.U between Abia government and some investors made it clear that contrary to the opinions of some people, he was not the owner of the Mall neither has he any shop in the Mall.
He thanked Dr. Ikpeazu and the host community-Amuzukwu and others who contributed to ensure that the Mall is built.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Abia Mall, Mr. Chuka Okoye appreciated the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu , Chief T.A Orji, Chief Sam Onuigbo and his team members for their support which made it possible for the project to be completed. He assured of the good quality of products in the Mall and urged people to patronise them.