Edmark group of companies, a multinational, has unveiled its state of the art international event centre in Lagos, just as it announced its venture into real estate business in Nigeria.
It also revealed that its second project is currently under construction in Lekki, Eti Osa Local Government Area of the state, to mark the flag off the project.
The inauguration of the Edmark centre, ‘D’Podium’, situated in, Ikeja, was attended by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, who was represented by his Personal Assistant, Bolaji Are, the Philippines Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Shirley Vicario, and her Husband, Pascario Vicario; Malaysian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mohd Yunus Bin Ibrahim; and Kano-born Nigerian business mogul, Hassan Dantata.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Chairman/Founder, EDMARK Group, Sam Low, expressed his happiness over the feats his organisation had achieved within nine years of starting businesses in Nigeria despite the initial hurdles encountered.
The Malaysian said: “I am very happy to be in Nigeria to commission this multi-billion naira edifice.
Some years ago after making up my mind to invest in Nigeria, we were faced with some challenges, but we were not deterred, we re-planned and re- strategised, and for this I want to say, I am grateful to my team who believed in our dream.
“Though our operation started in Ghana as a result of the initial challenges we faced when we attempted to set up our businesses in Nigeria; however, a year later, we moved into Nigeria after crossing the hurdles with the regulatory authorities, and to cut the long story short; today we have eleven branches all over the major cities of the nation of Nigeria including Lagos and Abuja, where we have built up with employees from across the globe.
“Ours is a company committed to people’s well-being. We want citizens of Africa to live well and that is why our healthy supplement products help to tackle obesity and reduces the spread of cancer,” Low said amidst cheers from the audience.
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Edmark Group whose office constructed the event centre, Mr. Bien Wapiano listed the several infrastructures embedded in the edifice such as offices in fourth floor, Staff House and Kitchen at the sixth floor, Modern Restaurant for Malaysia, Chinese, Philippines and Nigerian Foods, Seminar Hall and Open Roof-top with Waterproof Membrane.
Other features of the building are a Roof-top Cooling System for Fun Seekers, a State of the Art 2, 000 Capacity Event Hall, Well-Equipped Offices for all Employees of the Company in Lagos, a Micro Finance Banking Hall, Food Outlet, Office and Store Spaces for Rent, just to mention but a few.
By Benjamin Alade, The Guardian Nigeria