Tony Ejinkeonye, the president, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ltd., said the organisation would accommodate the construction of hotels, shopping malls and exhibition centres on its 32 hectares of land.
Ejinkeonye in an interview said the expansion of business in the chamber’s premises would attract business activities to the centre.
According to him, the centre will accommodate malls, exhibition and convention centres, hotel, office blocks and recreation and residential apartments.
He said the ongoing construction of a branch of Shoprite mall in its premises would provide job opportunities to over 8,000 Nigerians directly and indirectly.
“By the time the mall opens its doors in April 2017 to business, we expect that directly and indirectly, over 8,000 Nigerians should be employed,” he said.
Ejinkeonye said the decision to accommodate more businesses in the chamber’s property, as contained in the master plan, was to build an all in-one first international business centre.
He recalled that the chamber and Shoprite signed an agreement in 2014 on condition that Shoprite would finance the construction of its mall.
Ejinkeonye noted that the chamber was part of the business delegation that accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to China to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country.