No fewer than 1,000 direct jobs are expected to be created from the Mechanic Village, being constructed in Sabongida community, Owan West Local Government Area, of Edo.
A group of western investors, led by Mr Christopher Ojo, who were the initiators of the project, said the mechanic village, upon completion, will be a one-stop shop for all forms of vehicle spare parts as well as repairs.
Ojo said on Sunday that the project, expected to be completed in 2023, will take the pressure away from the local government councils, the highest employers of labour in the locality.
He also noted that it would stop unnecessary travels for vehicle spare parts and repairs.
He, however, appealed to the Edo Government to create the enabling environment for the success of the initiative.
He stressed that ultimate beneficiaries of the project will not only be people from Owan axis, but Edo North and Edo Central, Kogi and even the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, the motivation is simply to make Owan an economic hub; Owan is sandwiched by Esan and Etsako, these communities have higher institutions of learning and other economic catalysts.
“Owan, despite its strategic location, has always had the short end of the stick.
“Our partners are a group of young western investors who are enthusiastic about boosting the economic activities of our homeland.
Ojo said the mechanic village being constructed on over 200 plots of land will have 200 lock up shops, Police post, clinic, among others, when completed. (NAN)