The crowd that besieged the opening of the Palms Mall Ota was an unprecedented one as residents trooped out in their thousands to witness the official opening of the much awaited mall. Many residents were seen lurking around the entrance area as early as 6:30am long before the mall was ready for opening; people were seen sitting at the entrance gate and all around the mall area.
People came from far and near; Abule Egba, to Ijaye-Ojokoro, Merian, Alagbado, Sango Ota to Ifo and all neighboring communities ostensibly to enjoy the very tempting price discount on items on sales in one of the leading shop inside the mall (Shoprite). Long and seemingly unending queues were formed for people to be able to gain access into the mall yet security operatives and other staff of the mall had a hard time managing the mammoth crowd that besieged them.
The high point of the day was the official commissioning of the Mall by the Executive Governor of Ogun State Senator Ibikunle Amosun who was accompanied by his Deputy Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga and other members of the State Executive council that includes Hon. Dayo Adeneye, Commissioner for Information, Hon. Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Trade and Commerce and Hon. Muyiwa Oladapo Commissioner for Tourism to mention a few. Other dignitaries at the occasion include the Chairman of Persianas Group Mr. Tayo Amusan the financier.
Soon after the ceremonial cutting of the tape, the Governor proceeded into the Mall to shop by himself at Shoprite. The Governor who lauded the initiative of the Mall as the first in Ogun State called on the Management of Persianas Group to come and build same in the other city centers like Abeokuta, Ijebu and co.
|Hon. Dayo Adeneye|
|Gov. Amosun cutting the tape|
|Press Crew and the Governor making an entry into the mall|
|Governor Amosun speaking inside Shoprite with Mr Tayo Amusan|
|Some members of Ogun State Executive Council|
|the governor pushing his shopping trolley|
|Gov. Amosun at the pay-point in Shoprite|