Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel has reiterated government’s deliberae policy on youth manpowerment stressing that it was intended to equip young persons across the state with necesary skills that would make them competent and suitable for all manners of technical and administrative works.
The governor, who spoke at the ground breaking ceremony of Shoprite Shopping Mall at Ibom Tropicana Complex, Uyo, assured that the government would sustain the policy and ensure that youths are trained to imbue in them requisite skills that would make them fit into the different companies that in the pipeline when they are operational.
He described the State as a land of abundance in all fields of human endeavour adding that Resilient Africa has deemed it fit to invest in the state in order to open up job opportunities and create wealth.
He observed that Shoprite has built a fantastic profile for itself in countries where they operate and enjoined them to maintain the standards they are known for.
Governor Emmanuel expressed delight on the proposed used of eighty percent local content in human and material resources and charged them to complete the project in a record time.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, said that Shoprite would be provided tenancy at the Tropicana Complex and that the project will stimulate commercial activities as well as create employment for the youths.
Meanwhile, the Director Resilient Africa Mr. Holland Marshall said that the company would commence construction in three months adding that it would start full operation in 18 months, and assured that the company has the capacity to employ six hundred indigenes at commencement of operations.
Mr. Marshall promised a standard edifice that befit the status of the State in line with government drive for industralization and thanked the government as well as the host community for accepting them in their domain. Marshall sued for a favourable business relationship and cooperation from the host community.

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