Touted to be one of the biggest gas station or filling station in the country, the Empire Filling Station located at Owerri, Imo State the Eastern heartland of Nigeria lives up to it’s name. The station can be likened to an empire where fuels such as diesel, petrol, kerosene, cooking gas and car bay for fixing and serving can be sought out.
Some local folks call it a one stop place, the station has over 40 fuel pumps making it one massive and gigantic structure second to none in the country. Employing a whole lot of people with multiplier effect in the community . Owerri the capital city of Imo has turned the edifice a landmark.
Situated in the heartland of the Eastern state. The city is 45 minutes drive to the buainess hub of Onitsha in Anambra State , 30 minutes drive to Aba the manufacturing hub of Abia State and 35 minutes drive to Port Harcourt the oil capital of Nigeria. A lot of factors have influenced the indigenous investor to build such a project such as nearness to raw material. Imo state and surrounding states are oil producing areas , nearness to skilled labor, the state of Imo is one of the highest in the country with educated folks , this translates to skilled labour force and above all, the nearness to market makes the station a hub. With strategic location of the station and peaceful ambiance of the capital city, the station has been thriving lately.
According to Obinna Njoku” We want more creativity in investment in IGBO land and especially IMO state owere. We encourage our rich brothers and sister to invest in IGBO land.”
Though some folks have said that the project is a white elephant project. In the words of Rowland Edegbo , he said “Waste,even in the US or Europe where they have plenty of vehicles, They do not have petrol stations with hundred pumps. Owerri does not have the capacity to maintain such an investment.”
Located along Aba – Owerri Road , the station has redefined what a mega station should look like in the region and also an answer for the diaspora to plough back capital home for investment.
“Waste,even in the US or Europe where they have plenty of vehicles, They do not have petrol stations with hundred pumps. Owerri does not have the capacity to maintain such an investment.”