Governor Nyesom Wike has appealed to communities in Rivers state to cooperate with willing investors to create employment opportunities for the people.
Rivers state governor stated this on Thursday, while commissioning Next cash and carry shopping centre.
He commended the Oginigba community for supporting the construction of West Africa’s Largest Shopping Centre.
In his words, he said: “I urge host communities to support and cooperate with investors to create jobs for our youths. When you protect investments, you encourage them to expand.
“For the management of Next Cash and Carry, I advise you to carry the host community along. Whatever you know they are entitled to, in terms of employment, ensure they get them”.
The governor immediately directed the Ministry of Works to compel the contractor handling the road to the mall, to commence work immediately.
He expressed happiness that the private investor that sited West Africa’s Largest Shopping Centre in Port Harcourt, ignored the negative propaganda against the city.
“I am one of the happiest persons that this major facility is here. You have supported Rivers State by this singular action.
The Chairman of Next Cash and Carry Super Mall, Mr Ndibe Obi thanked the Rivers State Governor for awarding the contract for the construction of the road leading to the mall.
He said the governor has developed a business friendly environment that has encouraged investments.
Obi said that the mall has offered direct employment to 300 persons, while 700 direct jobs will be created at the height of operations.