The race to make Rivers State a destination for serious investors has begun. Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority has partnered with Sparts Limited to build an international automobile centre at kilometre 17, on Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway. The ground breaking ceremony took place August 1st, 2015.
Governor Nyesom Wike’s determination to make the state an industrial hub within a short possible time remains the priority of the Authority as he commended the proactive initiative by the Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, (GPHDA), in partnership with SPATMART Limited to provide accommodation for spare parts dealers and automobile technicians doing business in the state.
“As a government, we are fully in support of such a purposeful initiative that synchronizes with government policy thrust of driving the development of the state for the deliberate and active involvement of the private sector,” Gov. Wike stated
Board Chairman, F.N. Alabraba and the Administrator, Desmond Akawor have vowed for the speedy construction and completion of the Automobile Centre, adding that the project design had been approved. They reaffirmed  the authority’s commitment to partnerships with more investors in the state.
Meanwhile, about 444Km of major internal roads and arteries are to be constructed within the complex.
Ambassador Akawor, also said, “25 hectares of land have been acquired for the Automotive Centre where 5,000 shops are to be built and commissioned in eighteen months (18 months). Other facilities are sewage and water reticulation plants, 11 restaurants and 18 public conveniences, a sickbay, Police Post, Car Park, crèche, administrative block, auto workshop, amongst others, he added.
National Automobile and Technical Association (NATA) and their consultant, Grand Support Engineering are optimistic that the centre would overtake other automobile centres like  Idumota and Alaba in Lagos State, Alaoji in Aba, Abia State, and Nnewi in Anambra State. The centre is an encompassing technology centre in automobile designing, fabrication, sales and marketing, repairs, and maintenance.
All spare parts dealers in Port Harcourt are expected to move as soon as the market is completed bringing about decongestion and improved hygiene of the city.

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