The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has commissioned the first indigenous discount store -JARA, in South-South, in Benin City, the Edo State capital, and called on Nigerians to patronise locally-made products to grow the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said the discount store was established through a Private Public Partnership (PPP) between the Edo State Government and JARA (EDLP Nigeria Ltd) via the Edo Development and Property Agency (EDPA) to boost local manufacturing and sales of made in Nigeria products at affordable prices.
He said the state government plans to stimulate the setting up of at least between 10 to 20 discount stores in the state, urging local government chairmen to make land available where developers can leverage to build block of stores.
The managing director, JARA, Mr Williams Smollaerts said the outfit was a discount market that sells products for everyday needs to consumers, noting that the shopping centre is not a substitute but an addition to the existing markets in the state.
He added that JARA’s social corporate responsibility scheme is in the form of a partnership with Edo Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) to provide employment for Edo people.
Executive Chairman, Edo Development Property Agency (EDPA), Ms Isoken Omo said JARA stocks made-in-Nigeria products at affordable prices and that it is open to agricultural producers in the state to sell their products.