Governor Samuel Ortom on yesterday inaugurated the multi-million Benue Investment and Property Company, BIPC, Shopping Mall in Karu, at the outskirts of Abuja.
Performing the ceremony, he urged indigenes of the State to take advantage of the Shopping Mall to do business.
Governor Ortom also announced that the BIPC Micro Finance Bank intended to provide opportunity for them to access loans and expand their economic ventures will soon take off.
He commended the management of company for prudently utilising funds allocated for the completion of the project, adding that it had proven that it was worth patronising.
The Governor said he was proud of the company’s management under its Chief Executive Officer, Mr.Jack Mulya, for being exemplary and for rebranding to conform with international best practices.
He expressed appreciation to the Benue Community in Karu for protecting the land right from acquisition to completion of the Shopping Mall, urging them to be good ambassadors of the State by being law abiding citizens and cooperating with the Nassarawa State Governor.
He commended his Nassarawa State Counterpart, Governor Tanko Al-Makura for providing the enabling environment which paved the way for successful completion of the project.
Commissioner for Industry,Trade and Investment, Dr.Tersoo Kpelai, urged the management of BIPC to construct a similar Shopping Mall in the State Capital, while commending it for a job well done.
The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mulya, explained that the investment would encourage small businesses as it would provide them with shops and office spaces.
He disclosed that the mall houses 93 shops of various sizes, a banking hall, restaurant area, as well as two boreholes, dedicated electricity transformer and large parking space.