All is set for work to begin on the construction of the first ever Ultra-modern Shopping Mall in the Northern region, Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) has revealed.
The multimillion Dollar shopping Mall, which will be constructed at the Kaladan Park in Tamale, is the brain child of SADA and would be executed in partnership with Group Five Properties, a multinational company.
Speaking on Radio Tamale’s Morning Show, Wake up Tamale, Friday, November 3, the Director of Corporate Affairs and Relationship Coordination at SADA, Samson Salifu Danse said the construction of the ultra-modern shopping mall was part of SADA’s catalytic plans.
“Over the past two and a half years, we have actually taken most of our time and most of our resources to actually develop a spatial plan for the entire [SADA] zone. The plan, to a very large extent, has been able to actually come out clearly with key catalytic projects that can help transform the entire zone. We actually outlined, through consultations, several catalytic projects so the shopping mall is just one of them that we identified as one area that can trigger a lot of transformation,” he explained.
He added that “it was actually a coincidence of ideas. As we [SADA] were thinking of how we could situate Tamale as a special economic hub to transform the zone, Group Five was also thinking of how they can come to Tamale and set up a mall so we realized that there was a convergence of minds and that’s how we started engaging.”
The project, which is expected to kick start in 2018, will take about two years to complete.
The country Director of Group Five properties, Alhassan Aminu Mbanba charged the people of the Northern region to take ownership of the project and give it the necessary support. He assured that the project will provide employment opportunities to many people in the region.
“We looking to do the sod-cutting early next year and this is going to be between 18 and 24 month construction period. In terms of work force, we are looking at from 100s to about 1000s of skilled workers to be employed in this project,” he stated.
According to Mr Mbanba, there will be adjoining facilities within the mall. He said “it’s going to be in phases and the first phase which will be the shopping mall is to have all the international retailers. Talk about Palace, Mr Price, KFC and a lot more. We will also have an indoor sporting facility [and] we will have various shops within the shopping mall.”
The mall together with other adjoining facilities will cost $90 million.
By: Yahaya Masahudu, radiotamale.com