By Dipo Olowookere
There are plans to create a new city within Abuja that will become the industrial hub where forward-thinking entrepreneurs will make their first choice.
The main driver of this vision is the Lagos-based luxury real estate company known as Sujimoto Construction, which has made its mark in the commercial capital of Nigeria.
Recently, its Managing Director/CEO, Mr Sijibomi Ogundele, held a crucial meeting with the Minister of State of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mrs Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.
At the meeting, which was supposed to last for only 15 minutes but ended after three hours, Mr Ogundele and the Minister agreed on the need to “turn Abuja into a small Dubai.”
“The vision is one for a new city within a city that will become the industrial hub where from automobile to information technology, every forward-thinking entrepreneur will make this new city their first choice. I still remember her (the Minister) exact words, Suji if this must be done, it must be done NOW!” Mr Ogundele said.
He noted that, “A meeting of 15 minutes lasted 3 hours because of the synergy in our thinking and vision. Hajiya is a no respecter of mediocrity, you can glimpse this in her personality and in the incredible projects she has embarked upon; from the floating luxury tourist attraction water park of Jabi to the Abuja Diamond City, a vision that’s meant to merge luxury and class into one space.”
The real estate expert described the Minister as a passionate administrator and an example of quality leadership.
“It is true what they say that there is no force equal to a woman determined to make an impact in the lives of her people! I have heard about her strength of character. I finally got to meet this great patriot, a true leader of the people, and I am happy to share in her vision and ready to partner with her ministry for a renewed FCT Abuja,” he said of her.
Continuing, he said “Meeting with dedicated and hardworking professionals like Dr Ramatu only incentivizes the resolve of a wholly Nigerian luxury real estate and infrastructure investor like ours. She epitomizes grace, vision and a ‘can-do’ commitment that the country needs at about now.
“We spoke about numerous projects and subjects, from real-estate to the realities and difficulties facing our great nation; her passion for gender equality, empowerment, and her vision to turn Abuja into a small Dubai. Certainly, we will not be known as the capital of mass housing, when we can transform Abuja into the luxury capital of Africa.”
“The Sujimoto brand is well acquainted with luxury and would be glad to take on the challenge of working with the brilliant team at the Federal Capital Territory to promote the beauty of Nigeria’s administrative host,” he said.
“The Leonardo that we are presently developing at the Banana Island in Lagos has redefined luxury already and as it is our custom, we intend to take the challenge of pushing our standards further.
“In our proposed incursion into the FCT, with the level of support already thrown at us, I believe a new episode of luxury is about to grace the cityscape,” Mr Ogundele said.
Sujimoto is known for high in class luxury real estate assets boasting of some of the best in class accommodation for the very few who seek exclusive and well-designed residential properties.
Some of the well-known brands are LucreziaBySujimoto, LorenzoBySujimoto, GiulianoBySujimoto, and currently under development the LeonardoBySujimoto, amongst several others.
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