Peter Obi’s Multi Billion Naira Shopping Mall in Kado, Abuja, Workers Strike & Anambra State

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Side View, Peter Obi's Shopping Complex

Recently while addressing a meeting of the National Executive Council of Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, in Onitsha, the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi stated that one of the greatest challenges facing the country is the greed of its leaders. He stated this on Saturday September 17, 2011. Obi stressed that the bane of the country’s development was greed and not corruption. In his words, “the level of corruption is very high but our major challenge is greed, `some of my colleagues are not doing the right thing and we have to change. I believe we should be held responsible for the problems of Nigeria’’.

Governor Peter Obi’s comments in Onitsha before the Catholic comes when impartial observers of the political goings on in the State believe governance in Anambra has reached near alarming stage judging by the frequency of strikes by the various professional groups in the State. They cite that last July 2011, the Judiciary workers ended a six months strike, the water board workers’ strike has long been forgotten, the medical doctors union of the State remain on an indefinite strike for slightly over one year, the civil servants [government workers] recently followed suit on an indefinite strike. As learnt, the strike is the result of Governor Peter Obi’s reluctance to negotiate with the striking workers.

The government house in Awka, the capital of Anambra State have explained their reasons for the numerous strikes as being the result of “inconsiderate” labor union leaders who are working for opposition groups to destabilize the governor of Anambra State. Particularly, they state that the push to achieve a real implementation of the minimum wage salaries in Anambra State as driven by mischief. The chief spokesperson of the State pointed out that the State has no funds to pay the striking workers the minimum wage. Governor Peter Obi cried that implementing the wage adjustment will balloon the Anambra wage bill to over N500million monthly.


247ureports.com has however gathered through official sources at the federal ministry of finance indicating Anambra maybe in a healthier financial position to implement the new wage bill. According to the official figures obtained from the federal ministry of finance, the Anambra government receives N3billion monthly in federal allocation in addition to the N2.5billion it receives on behalf of the 21 Local Government councils [monthly – because the LGAs do not have an elected LGA Chairman] – summing to N5.5biilion monthly equivalent to N66billion annually.  As gathered for the month of July/August 2011, Anambra State received a surplus N4.5billion as windfall from excess crude.  Summing the 66months  the Governor held sway of the affairs of the Anambra State government and its coffers, according to sources within the federal ministry of finance, a minimum of N4.4trillion was paid into the accounts of the Anambra State government [(N66biilion x 66months) + N4.5billion = N4.4trillion]. The source notes that the 4.4trillion does not include other windfalls from excess crude nor does it include counterpart funds from foreign partners. The source estimates that the funds from foreign partners and from the windfall excess crude estimates at N3.3trillion for the 66months – equating to N7.7trillion.

Juxtaposing the warping sum of N7.7trillion against what many impartial observers have come to term marginal infrastructural and human resources development in Anambra State has resulted to many unavoidable questions to the Peter Obi led administration. And groups have begun to pose questions to the Obi administration. Religious clerics in the Northern senatorial district of Anambra State in a recent town hall meeting queried publicly the whereabouts of the promised infrastructures and/or human resource development. Political observers in the central senatorial districts have also begun to aim accusatory fingers at the Governor as having mismanaged or looted the funds of Anambra State.

Further inquiry points attention to a multibillion Naira shopping complex being erected by the Governor of Anambra State in Kado, Abuja ranked to be the largest shopping center in West Africa when completed. Construction workers at the shopping complex site indicate the complex to be near completion and slated to be opened in early to mid next year [2012]. 247ureports.com’s publication in May 2009 originally broke the news on the shopping complex secretly being erected by the Governor when Gov Peter Obi’s media assistant [Valentine Obieyem] was nabbed in Lagos by Lagos State police ferrying the sum of N255million to Peter Obi’s Apapa office. Construction started on the shopping complex roughly a year into Peter Obi’s tenure as governor.      

Following the revelation of the shopping mall construction, and of the secret arrest of Valentine Obieyem for the role of a cash mull, immediate crisis resulted in the Peter Obi administration, and as Peter Obi rallied efforts to douse the crisis, a temporally hold was placed on the shopping complex construction. Construction on the complex resumed shortly after the crisis was doused.   

It cannot be said for certain the “whereabouts” of Anambra State funds but there is certainty in the fact that the resources placed on the grounds and of the people of Anambra dwarfs in comparison to the N7.7trillion received by the Peter Obi administration. It is also uncertain the source of funds for the erection of the largest shopping complex in West Africa but what is certain is the period with which the owner of the facility decided to begin erection of the gigantic edifice. It leaves unending questions.

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See below for more pictures of the shopping complex

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8 COMMENTS

  1. It will be thing of regrate to Anambarians and the stupidity of useless sychophants by the time Peter Obi finished dealing with Anambarians.This is a man that has shown that he is the most dandgerous criminal diguised himself as a saint.He firstly scares the stake holders of Anambra by chasing them away thereafter picked up some traditional rullers whom he bought cars for and continue depositing Ghana must go to them every month making the traditional rullers to close their eyes why the governor thieves Anambra dry.,Nemesis must catch up this governor, see what what he does in Abuja with Anambra money? Please Ukpaka the unbiased reporter should go further to expose the neferious fraudulent activities Mr.Peter Obi are commiting. nemesis shall also catch up those catholic authorities and tradional rulers who continue keeping silent why one man alone purnishes and steals the Anambra money. God shall judge all you abaters of abormination.

  2. Please leave Mr Peter Obi alone. He is the best Governor in Nigeria and not a thief. You have forgotten that this man owns Fidelity Bank and other companies both in Nigeria and abroad. He has the lowest allocation from the federal government and has managed the fund very well. Even those with higher allocation can not achieve what he has achieved. Where is the money he can steal? Please find better thing to do than accusing an innocent man. One of his company only can build more than that.

  3. I visied Anambra last month and I wept when I was passing through Nnobi , Nnewi and OBA. I also nearly cry when I went to Onitsha. I was at Kado Abuja last two years and I was told that the shopping complex is for the brother of Pete Obi. I wonder where Anambra money is going even AGULU people are not proud of Obi. The only good road at Agulu was built by Etiaba. Ngige perform miracle in just three years. He openned our eyes and made us known that there is enough to develope Anambra state. We have seen the reason why the forces at Abuja chose OBi in the last gubernatorial election instead of Soludo. Soludo is like Ngige, a man of himself, Brave and wise. We need true democracy in Anambra state. All the Anambra leaders where selected at Abuja and never elected. Ngige were also selected but when he got there he decided to work for his people and that was why he was chased out of PDP for he refused to play by the rule. Soludo could have done the same, he was also selected but rejected at the last minute. The trith most be told though bitter. We need a liberator.

  4. I visited Anambra last month and I wept when I was passing through Nnobi , Nnewi and OBA. I also nearly cried when I went to Onitsha. I was at Kado Abuja last two years and I was told that the shopping complex is for the brother of Pete Obi. I wonder where Anambra money is going even AGULU people are not proud of Obi. The only good road at Agulu was built by Etiaba. Ngige performed miracle in just three years. He openned our eyes and made us know that there is enough to develope Anambra state. We have seen the reason why the forces at Abuja chose OBi in the last gubernatorial election instead of Soludo. Soludo is like Ngige, a man of himself, Brave and wise. We need true democracy in Anambra state. All the Anambra leaders where selected at Abuja and never elected. Ngige was also selected but when he got there, he decided to work for his people and that was why he was chased out of PDP for he refused to play by the rule. Soludo could have done the same, he was also selected but rejected at the last minute. The truth must be told though bitter. We need a liberator like NGIGE.

  5. Emeka or whatever dumb name you answer. Nobody is holding the completely empty and humpy dumby peter obi. From your judgemental tone no doubt you are not only intellectually malnourished but cursed to call a catholic church sanctioned criminal your best governor. This website is not meant for the insane like you that is if you are not an animal invader b’cos only an animal invader can tell us that obi recieves small allocation when facts speaks for themselves. If you are really a human being then go and get informed and use your seemingly shark infested brain well before you drown in the ocean of myopia.

  6. i want to state categorically that am not holding brief for governor obi, neither am i calling him a saint. i am from Anambra state. i have followed the politics of the state from the old Anambra state to the present one. we have had only two Governors that impacted on the lives of the citizens. governor Ngige and obi falls into this category. the difference between them is their style and candour.Ngige had thorns as the governor of the state and this brought out the best in, cause he was in a fight of survival. he was able to open up rural roads which the state was in dare need of. my home town i thought would never see a coal tar till i leave the mother earth, had a coal tar under Ngige. A lot of other communities in the state can attest to this fact. Peter came with a diffrent paraphenelia. its good to look into his background before he assumed office as the governor of the state. he was well made financially and was sitting on the board of a lot of viable institutions. his financial prudence is second to non. Govnor obi can erect that edifice even before he became a governor. the only place i fault him is not really following the footsteps of Ngige in providing ammenities to the good people of Anambra state, most especially roads, which the average Anambrarian craves for.rather his programmes dosent have direct impact on the citizens. his running battles with industrial unions and politicians is nothing to write home about, that calls to question his man management style. on the edifice you are talking about in Kado phase two Abuja, governor Obi is worth more than that before he became the governor of the state.

  7. D only thing we owe this our time is prayer. Dts d only charge from God ..check Rom 13 :1, 4, & 6
    ..And if u actualy know dt “Our Salvation is much nearer NOW than b4” u wil definatly know dt this Bad regime of d time is part of d signs of the “End Time” and that’ll make u get yourself more and more prepared for d coming of d Master…
    ..I wudn’t fail 2remind u dt JESUS is realy coming!
    ..How prepared are u if death comes to u NOW by chance? Wud b busy teling stories
    ..JESUS IS COMING SOON and u hv already seen part of d Signs (..in Mathew 24) in d government house;
    ..but dts nt d issue; rather how Rapturable are you? dt’s what matters MOST!
    **BE RAPTURABLE!**

  8. D only thing we owe this our time is prayer. Dt’s d only charge from God ..check Rom 13 :1,4,&6
    ..And if u actualy know dt “Our Salvation is much nearer NOW than before” u wil definately know dt this Bad regime of d time is part of d Signs of the “End Time” and that’ll make u get yourself more and more prepared for the coming of d Master…
    ..I wudn’t fail 2remind u dt JESUS is realy coming!
    ..How prepared are u if death comes to u NOW by chance? What if it catch-up wt u when we are busy discusing stories like this, what wil b ur hope &stand?
    ..JESUS IS COMING SOON and u hv already seen part of d Signs (..in Mathew 24) in d government house;
    ..but dts nt d issue; rather how Rapturable are you? ..for dt’s what matters MOST!
    **BE RAPTURABLE!**

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