The Kaduna state Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has flagged off the construction of the Galaxy Mall at Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna.
The Governor who was acompanied by his Deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe said that it was part of the State Urban Renewal programme for its economic development.
He explained that, the dream of a Galaxy Mall was once aborted, but has been revived with a new investment structure and partners, saying, they will ensure it becomes viable and living reality.
Governor El-Rufai commended the Kaduna Markets Development and Management Agency (KMDMC) for creatively discharging its responsibility under the Urban Renewal Programme.
He said, the project which is worth N3.9 bn, is a Public Private Partnership between Kaduna State Government, Amsalco, a private firm and the United Bank for Africa and envisaged to be delivered in 18 months.
According to him, the Galaxy Mall would be built on four hectares of land and will have 7,491 square metres of letable space. Upon completion, the mall will have space for one major anchor tenant, three cinemas, six restaurants, 48-line shops and over 360 car parking bays.
The Governor observed that, having a decent mall within a city is a quality of life issue, giving people more options for shopping and relaxation.
He stressed that, the mall will expand economic opportunities for farmers, suppliers, sellers and the workers that will be recruited to build it and also run the facilities therein.
On his part ,CCECC Executive Director, Liao Jian Feng, said the company is delighted to be the construction partner in delivering the project.
He expressed readiness in working with the State government by providing suitable project in the State.
The mall, which would be constructed by CCECC Nigeria Limited, is in partnership with the Urban Renewal Programme, contracted to build the dualisation of WAFF Road, the main access road to the mall.