By Appolos Christian
Abuja Centenary Economic Free Zone City has promised to be the new hope for massive job opportunities for Nigerians. This is coming as the Management of the City prepares to commence construction of the city.
The issue of unemployment not doubt is among the greatest problem of Nigeria as a country. And many believe that taking decisive effort towards creating job opportunities for Nigeria’s teeming unemployed youths will tremendously bring to the barest minimum many social verses ravaging the country.
Speaking of decisive effort towards creating jobs for Nigerians which government is seemingly failing to do despite her promise to create 3mllion jobs every year, the hope of many Nigerians to securing a blue collar job was recently strengthened as the Management of Centenary City Abuja (the Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary free zone city), revealed that over 250,000 job opportunities will soon be available for qualified candidates.
In the words of the Managing Director of Centenary City Plc, Dr Odenigwe Ike Michaels, “A targeted, decisive and productive economic ventures such as; the Centenary City and Eko Atlantic City which are ongoing are perfect towards changing the story of Nigeria from a helpless state to a place her citizens will be proud to call their own. This is because these economic free zone ventures will immensely contribute in diversifying Nigeria’s economy, accelerate development and most importantly; provide the massive job opportunities needed to get the country’s teeming unemployed youth engage.”
While he emphatically said that the massive job opportunities expected to pan-out from these two economic free zone cities are not just mere words meant to uplift the down casted spirits of the unemployed, he assured and hinted that the Abuja Centenary Economic Free Zone City will kick off its job provisions by providing jobs for Nigerians at the City’s Safari Park, where prospective rangers will hired and trained for the job.
Dr Odenigwe, who said this when the Managing Director of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Jime, visited the Abuja Centenary City, said that “the city being a legacy project to mark Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary will pave way for jobs no other can provide for Nigerians”.
Though he added that, “The Centenary Economic City Free Zone was a strategy of government to diversify economy of the country”, He explained that such a legacy of Nigeria’s 100 years anniversary which he said will be built at no cost on government; will change the fortune of Nigeria.
“With tourism, sport, entertainment and businesses, the city is very critical to Nigeria growth and even as its population is expected to grow more and it’s part of an idea to preparing the country towards a greater and better future.
“It will own the first private owned Safari Park in the world. And Over 250.000 Nigerians will be employed in the centenary city, many of which will be office work (Blue colar jobs). The City is simply a step to fighting for the future of our young ones.
“The City is an economic free zone like Dubai, Qatar, Eko Atlantic City. Its focus is on tourism, leisure, history, and it is regulated by NEPZA.
“So far, it is the most dynamically committed Free Zone, as over $40m has already been spent by the Investors in the Project. “We follow due process in everything about the development of the City. And it has been created for transparency from all investigations by the National Assembly.”
Furthermore, the MD of NEPZA added, “Centenary City Project is viable to the satisfaction of Nigerians. And as we all know, Free zones are catalysts for development of countries and Nigeria must not be left behind. The city can deliver jobs no other can be able to. And the issues of deficit of infrastructure will be delivered by this project.”
Seated on 1260 hectares of land in Abuja of which only 690 hectares are buildable, the City will have 360 luxury villas, 256 apartment buildings, 13 waterfront retail areas and 139 office buildings. It will also have 466,297m integrated golf community, 313,697m of hotel suites and service apartments, 5 major retail centres, 46 floors of premium office, 30 floors of luxury apartments among others.