There are indications that the Rivers State Government is planning to revive the ‘old’ Port Harcourt Mall project which was started in 2007, but have been standing dilapidated in the glare at GRA junction along Aba Road Port Harcourt. It has also been reported to be a den for criminals and petty thieves who rob people of their jewelries and gadgets.

The plan was officially hinted in a press statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media. The statement was released after the Rivers State Governor went on an inspection of projects around the city. According to the statement, Governor Wike criticized former governor and current minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for not completing many proposed infrastructural projects in the state – one of which is the mall. The statement said the Rivers State Government is partnering with an investor to complete the Mall, and make it functional to the public for employment and commerce.

“Governor Wike cited the case of Port Harcourt Mall which was started by Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, but abandoned by the Amaechi administration. He said the state government is working with a partner to complete the mall and create employment opportunities for the youths.” the statement read.

The location of the mall, was and still is an issue of public concern. Aba road and MummyB road which are naturally busy routes, prone to traffic, are the only in/out paths to the mall. But there are some suggestions, although still crude, look viable if managed properly into a solution.

If realized and put in use, the ‘former’ Port Harcourt mall will become a direct competition to the Port Harcourt Mall at Azikiwe road, taking commercial and ‘tourist’ visitors from most parts of the city as it assumes a more centralized location.

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