27/11/2021

Dakkada Towers: Symbol of Akwa Ibom’s Readiness for Business enterprise

Udeme Asuquo

The 21-storey clever developing that goes by the name, Dakkada Towers, has remarkably improved the landscape and skyline of the Banking Structure in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom Condition funds. You simply cannot are unsuccessful to detect the eye-popping architectural masterpiece from where ever course you are approaching it – even from a distance of 1000 meters – irrespective of whether coming into town from the Victor Attah International Airport through Udo Udoma Avenue from the Aka Highway stop, or from the Oron Highway-Nwaniba Road Junction. It is a sight to behold.

Originally slated for siting at the aged Akpan Ndem current market, the location of Dakkada Towers had to be moved to a more befitting area that is developed to be the Uyo Central Business enterprise District –where financial establishments and other higher profile financial buildings like the Ibom Tropicana Searching Shopping mall have by now recognized potent presence.

But Dakkada Towers is not all about elegance and a bold assertion in architectural ingenuity. The significance of the framework and the purpose it is likely to engage in in the lifestyle of a state that is becoming positioned to be an financial hub in Nigeria and the West African sub-region are really tremendous. They go outside of the alluring, serene and welcoming natural environment, and the gadgets that talk volumes about the deployment of technological innovation from the major gate to the interiors of the making in which every thing is electronically operated to purpose with clockwork precision.
The making speaks to the aspiration of Governor Udom Emmanuel to completely transform Akwa Ibom from a civil assistance condition to an financial giant that is privates-sector-pushed. It is an embodiment of just about every little thing the government established out to do from inception in 2015 – provision of infrastructure, economic transformation, task creation and betterment of the lives of the people today of the point out. Certainly, with Dakkada Towers, Akwa Ibom is completely ready for small business.

Infrastructure
Charles Ekpenyong, and Uyo-based mostly progress economist and management guide, claims existence of a structure like Dakkada Towers in Uyo has provided fillip to the government’s endeavours at producing an enabling environment for investments to thrive in the condition. He stated lack of accommodation has been a major issue for buyers, in particular startups, which may possibly not have the wherewithal to create their personal structures.

“You will recall that when Akwa Ibom was established in 1987, the seat of govt was in an aged colonial creating that had been abandoned for decades”, he reported.“Government ministries operated in rented homes until Governor Victor Attah came up with notion of creating the Idongesit Nkanga Secretariat. Only not too long ago, Governor Udom Emmanuel’s clamour for ExxonMobil to relocate its administrative headquarters to Akwa Ibom where it has its functions normally achieved with the argument that there is no lodging in the condition for a enterprise of that sizing, apart from the simple fact that its head business in Lagos homes more than one corporation which simply cannot all relocate to the state”.

Ekpenyong reported with the environment-course services out there in Dakkada Towers, multinational businesses intent on location up shop in the point out will no lengthier have the concern of befitting accommodation to fear about.

Indeed, Dakkada Towers is made to supply the variety of lodging international oil companies (IOCs) would need to work in Akwa Ibom. At the moment, some IOCs, together with ExxonMobil, as nicely as some others like the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) and Oriental Vitality have indicated fascination in getting up spaces in the creating. The probability is substantial that the presence of oil companies in Uyo would appeal to ancillary corporations to the point out, who may also desire to function from a creating that has all the services any modern-day business office anywhere in the world can boast of.

A banker in 1 of the main financial establishments in the vicinity of Dakkada Towers states the existence of the construction in the space is a welcome enhancement for banking companies, as its tenants would need to have their solutions. “Apart from the tenants that are going to occupy the framework, it is also heading to catch the attention of other corporations to the area, and this is very good for the banks”, he stated.

Ekpenyong thinks the presence of the Ibom Deep Sea Port and the proposed Liberty Oil and Fuel Cost-free Zone will catch the attention of companies like clearing and forwarding, logistics, exports, and so on, which would all want to operate from Uyo. “Dakkada Towers would certainly be an eye-catching choice in phrases of office environment accommodation”, he explained. “I imagine there will be want to make one more structure like Dakkada Towers in Uyo, mainly because I do not see that developing presenting adequate lodging for corporations that are likely to appear into the state in the next two or a few decades. Non-public buyers may possibly will need to glimpse in the path of constructing this variety of structure, because federal government are not able to invest scarce sources on the provision of lodging for businesses”.

Corporations that are heading to utilize the lodging options made available by Dakkada Towers are not confined to Akwa Ibom. The framework is possibly the tallest in the total South South and South East locations. The developing has the opportunity to make Uyo the business enterprise centre for the two geo-political zones.
It bears mentioning the simple fact that Dakkada Towers is not created only for significant businesses. There are provisions for small enterprises that might not need complete flooring.

Employment generation
Engineer Francis Uwah, the challenge coordinator for Dakkada Towers, said above 400 workers ended up included in the development of the creating. The range did not include things like suppliers of the numerous components and components that ended up utilised in setting up the structure. He mentioned it is tough at this phase to estimate the quantity of work opportunities that would be developed when the construction is completely occupied, as the providers that just take up tenancy will use the amount of staff in accordance to their measurements and requirements.

“But I can say that the selection of immediate and oblique jobs that will be established when the creating is completely occupied will be in their hundreds, if not thousands”, Uwah said. “
Dakkada Towers is going to incorporate to government’s endeavours at producing positions and improving the common of residing of the men and women of the state.

And we are not talking only about these who will function immediately in thebuilding. It is doable some of the providers will have interaction the services of suppliersof various products. That is a huge small business option for folks in that line of business”.

He also reported a developing the size of Dakkada towers, coupled with its sophistication, will involve the expert services of a company to offer cleaning companies. “The corporation may not require to consider up residency in the building, but it will certainly utilize staffwho will operate here on a every day foundation, just like what you have in financial institutions exactly where you see staff of cleaning companies in their uniforms”.

There is also the really vital factor of servicing of a structure like Dakkada Towers, which will have to have experience – an location of career creation on its individual. Uwah states apart from creating employment, Dakkada Towers has also brought about the transfer of technologies to the folks of Akwa Ibom, from the time of construction to common maintenance, going forward.

The folks of Akwa Ibom are heading to be the major beneficiaries of the occupation prospects that will be developed by Dakkada Towers, in all classes. Ekpenyong states even if the know-how to retain the composition is going to appear from outside the condition, people to be engaged for the job are Akwa Ibomites.

Dakkada Towers is going to increase to government’s efforts at generating positions and improving upon the normal of living of the people today of the state.