Former two-term governor of Anambra State Peter Obi is opening a new Next shopping mall in Port Harcourt, Rivers State very soon. Obi already owns the $7.5m Next mall in Abuja, reportedly the largest of its kind in West Africa, which was completed in 2012.
Obi left office in 2014. He is yet to build a mall in his state, although there are suggestions that his next one will be built in Onitsha, where he grew up. Obi’s admirers like to claim that the money he is currently investing in the mall came from wealth he acquired before he became governor in 2007. This begs the question why he never built something of that scale then.
The Port Harcourt mall in the Trans-Amadi area is expected to be even bigger than the one in Abuja. Governor Nyesom Wike visited the site this week as it neared completion and said: “I am highly impressed by what I have seen here today. We will encourage the investor who has put in his resources and time to see that this is done in Port Harcourt. We encourage others to come to Port Harcourt.
“In supporting him, we will make sure that the roads leading to this facility are reconstructed to enhance the value of the shopping mall.
“I have never seen anything like this in any part of this country. If this comes up, it will send signals to other people that the best place to invest is Port Harcourt”.
The clear signal Obi’s investment is sending is that crime pays big time.