Baring any change in plan, Africa’s largest Food Retailer, Shoprite is set to begin operations in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Capital in October, 2018.
Speaking during the site inspection, at Ibom Tropicana, on Monday, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters and Due Process, Elder Ufot Ebong said the State Government had began negotiations with Shoprite, in order to have them established a shop in the State, noting their presence will further improve the economic fortunes of the State.
While describing Governor Udom Emmanuel as a future conscious leader, Ebong lauded the agricultural revolution being witnessed in the State, saying such moves are proofs that the State will be able to supply Shoprite with products.
On other benefits of the firm in the State, the Governor’s Aide said it will further boost the job creation policy of Governor Emmanuel, through the creation of not less than 5000 jobs, for unemployed youths in the State.
“Governor Udom Emmanuel plans ahead, when he started the vegetable revolution, Akwa Ibom Started planting varieties of vegetables like tomatoes, onion, garbage, name them, all these are common vegetables that you see in Shoprite shops.
“When we started discussing with Shoprite, they had told us that they buy their products from the locality and that they do not import. So we started experimenting to see whether our soil can sustain a chain like Shoprite.
“So that’s why we urged Akwa Ibomites to start cultivating these vegetables, by the time they are ready, we should be able to supply them”, he said.
On his part, the Project Supervisor, Engr. Kachi collaborated that the emergence of the firm will reduce wastage of locally produced crops, while also reducing unemployment in the State.
“We’ll create jobs here, people will work during the Construction, people will work in each of the shops when it’s fully up, people will work as suppliers”, he said.
Kachi who announced October 1, 2018 as date for commencement of sales, also commended the Akwa Ibom State Government for its determination to improving of her citizenry and tasked farmers in the State to begin the cultivation vegetables and fruits.
“You won’t see anything on the grounds here, but it will happen, it’s a gradual process. We have a construction calendar and by October 1, 2018, we will have Shoprite on.
“All the local farmers, tomato farmers, vegetable farmers, coconut farmers, pineapple farmers, should begin cultivation so they can benefit when we commence operations”, he added.
Shoprite made a promise of lower prices. This promise has formed the very foundation of our business, and has helped us grow into Africa’s largest food retailer.
Using their massive bulk buying power, Shoprite is Africa’s largest Food Retailer, offering a world-class shopping experience on a variety of food products, household goods and small appliances at the lowest possible prices