Akure (WorldStage Newsonline)-- The N350 million ultra modern auto-mart built by the Ondo State Government along the Akure- Ibadan Road has continued to boost sale of automobile in the state, according to the Association of Auto Dealers and member of the public that patronised the mart.
The mart, which can boast of facilities that include a testing ground, Police post, restaurant, bar and relaxation point for guests, was constructed by the administration of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko to ease the increasing congestion in the state capital and to provide job opportunities for the people.
Located opposite the Akure office of the Federal Road Safety Commission, beside the NNPC Mega Filling, the auto mart which can accommodate more than 1000 vehicles, is divided into lots of 20 cars each so that it will be easier for the cars to be displayed for the attention of would-be buyers, while the trailer section is separated from the buses and cars’ lots.
Speaking on behalf of the the Association of Auto Dealers in the state during a media visit, Mr Sunday Adelaye, who is the general secretary of the association, commended the government for the initiative which he said had helped to boost the sale of automobile in the state.
The dealers are of the view that business activities at the auto-mart had been impressive given the rate at which people were coming in to buy cars.
According to Adelaye, with the concentration of the dealers at the mart, customers can now purchase quality cars of their choice at competitive prices.
“The location is good and the cars are available in good number so that the people can make choices at very competitive price,” he said.
Visitors to the mart also added their voice, commending the government for constructing the edifice.
Mr. Peter Alonge who was at the mart to purchase a Honda Accord commented on the level of business activities and patronage which he said was very encouraging.
He said the auto mart made him not to see any reason to travel to Lagos to buy a car, as he could get what he wanted in Akure.
According to him, “I don’t need to go to Lagos to buy a car. I can get what I need here. If you look at the price, to me, it is not expensive. I think it is okay.”
On his part, Mr. Odun Sylvester, the manager of a bar, owns by Infinity Hotel within the complex, explained that the project had impacted positively on his life.
He said, “the project has created job opportunity for me. Before now I was in Lagos looking for job until I came here.”
Sylvester who though did not disclose his salary, said he was satisfied with his monthly pay.
“I know how much I receive in a month and I am satisfied with it. I spent less than N200 on transport per day and I am okay with it,” he said.
He appreciated the government for the gesture and urged that they should continue the good works they had started.