By Cynthia Igbokwe
The unveiling ceremony was held on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, at Golden Tulip Hotels, Agulu. Fides gathered that the 10,000-shop capacity project is driven by an indigenous company, JC Michaels, and in collaboration with Keystone Bank.
In his opening remarks, Governor Willie Obiano, represented by the Secretary to the State Government Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, urged those in collaboration to ensure, the project met the standard of markets that would be in line with the governor’s 2070 vision.
He noted that the project was part of the governor’s vision and mission to make Anambra State a hub for economic activities and to make it socially stable for indigenes and non-indigenes to seek wealth creating opportunities.
He also called on all Anambarians, both home and in diaspora, to bring their businesses home to make Anambra more habitable for all.
The Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Hon Uchenna Okafor, pointed out power supply as one of the major challenges that had hindered the growth of industrialization in Anambra and disclosed that Governor Obiano’s administration had laid down plans that would address power issues in Anambra State.
Hon Okafor, reiterated the need for Anambarians to bring their investment back home, noting that if 10% of industries owned by indigenes were brought home, Anambra would be like Dubai.
In an overview of the ultra-modern International Market by the Chairman, JC Michael limited, Chief Jude Amuzie, presented by Barr Ikechukwu Ibeto, he noted that the market would consist of 10,000 modern lockup shops, car parks, schools, banks, administrative building, pedestrian crossing, and others.
Also speaking, the Traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Ben Emeka, advised the government and developers to ensure that enough parking space and other facilities that would instil orderliness and discipline to traders, were provided.
Dignitaries included representative from Keystone Bank; All Spare Parts and Machinery Dealers International Association (ASPMDIA); traditional rulers and presidents general from different communities and others.