Northern Governors Commission New NNDC Shopping Mall
The northern governors under umbrella of Northern States Governors’ Forum stormed Muhammadu Buhari Way for the official commissioning ceremony of the Northern Nigeria Development Company’s new Shopping Mall.
The event had attracted members of the public and passers-by who took the opportunity to have a glimpse of their parties big-wigs charged with the responsibilities of taking them to the next level.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong in his speech expressed satisfaction over the architectural structure of the edifice, which he described as first of its kind.
He commended the leadership of the NNDC and the contractor in finishing the project within record time.
The NNDC he said would go a long way in boosting the economy of the state as well as attract investors to do business in not only the state but the north in general.
“The significance of the occasion buttresses our new determination to reposition our region economically and for me it is special because it is taking place during the first meeting and Forum holding here in Kaduna since l was elected Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.
“The commissioning of this edify is timely and a sign of good things to come. Indeed the completion of this project under record time and with the highest standard of quality shows the commitments of both the management and staff of NNDC as well as contractor in keeping faith to the terms of the contract.
Still commending the company’s hard work, Lalong said. “We must commend the sense of dedication, expertise and team work through the design, construction and of course the commissioning of the complex today”.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman, Board of Directors of the company, Mallam Tanimu Yakubu, while enumerating the objective of the project had commended the Northern Governors Forum for its support.
The project he said would catalyse the economy and social development in the northern states.
“The New Nigeria company Limited was established in 1949 as a Northern Region Development Board (NRDB) to catalyse the economy and social development of the then northern region.
The NRDB was in 1956 renamed as the Northern Region Development Cooperation (NRDC) “The organization’s name was further changed in 1960 to Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (NNDC).
” Its present name was adopted when sustaining the acronyms NNDC when it was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company in 1968.
“NNDC is a diversify holding company with a working heritage, enviable track records of achievements providing a wide range of financial and professional and advisory services. The company’s objective is to ensure sounding commercial success in its operations.
“Your Excellencies, doing estate development was one of the core initiatives in the last approved NNDC 5yrs strategic plan which included the development of the modern Multi-Purpose Mall on Muhammadu Buhari Way, Kaduna.
“NNDC’s symbol in this sector is aimed at bridging the infrastructures on behalf of owner states and generate more income towards higher profit margin.
With regards to our host state Kaduna, the relative peace achieved with the combination of the Abuja-Kaduna railway project has improved the attractiveness of Kaduna as a city to live and do business.
“NNDC is therefore proud that this Mall is cited in Kaduna and we hope His Excellency, mallam Nasir would reward and encourage us further with some physical incentives.
“The NNDC Mall was completed and handed over in February, 2016.
“The project was hundred percent financed by NNDC at a total cost of 793M Naira.”
He however hinted that the three storey Mall is well equipped with modern facilities with a 24hrs power supply from a generating plant.