WED, NOVEMBER 30 2016-DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed satisfaction with investors’ commitment in the state after he commissioned two multi-billion Naira projects in the state Tuesday. He pointed specifically to the state’s tourism industry describing it as an untapped goldmine.
The governor who commissioned an ultra-modern hotel, Hotel De Copperfield in Asaba, yesterday Tuesday, observed that apart from being rich in mineral and material resources, the tourism industry in the state is a huge money spinner that needs to be tapped.
He commended the foresight of the Managing Director of Hotel De Copperfield, Chief Chukwuma Nwaobi for his interest in investing in the hospitality industry in the state, noting that such edifice would encourage tourists and present the state as not only investors-friendly but, a haven for tourists.
“We thank God that you have come to invest in the hospitality business, we are excited that you started by constructing a road to the hotel which has made it to be accessible,” the governor said, noting that it was a thing of joy that the private sector has seen reasons to invest in the state.
According to him, “the private sector is actively collaborating with us to develop our state and it is a thing of joy that all over the state, our people have accepted that with private sector investment, there will be job opportunities and the socio-economic life of the people will get a great boost.”
Chief Nwaobi in an address, said, “Your Excellency, we are happy that you have made Delta State investment friendly and the signs are all over the place; we took time to choose Delta State as our investment spot above other states due to the monumental potentials we discovered in this state; your ability in making Delta State one of the safest states in Nigeria is one of our topmost motivation.”
High point of the event was the commissioning of the 235 meters road constructed by the management of the hotel by Governor Okowa who was accompanied to the event by top government functionaries.
Meanwhile the governor, while commissioning the multi-billion Naira Asaba City Mall has described the speedy completion of the Asaba City Mall as clear signal that the state was investors-friendly.
The governor said that he laid the foundation stone of the multi-billion naira imposing structure in July, 2015 and expressed joy that Deltans have embraced the culture of encouraging investments.
The governor said investors from South Africa, Israel, China and other parts of the world have signed memoranda of understanding with the state government in areas of interest ranging from agriculture, housing, industrial parks, among others.
“Delta State is a good place to invest as the peaceful environment is here; 16 months after I came to lay the foundation stone of this place, the place has been transformed; Deltans are very excited by what they see here today,” the Governor said, stating, “we must continue to provide the enabling environment in this state for investments to thrive for the creation of jobs for the youths, communities and generation of revenue for the state.”
“Like I promised at the foundation stone laying ceremony, 20 per cent of the state share of this project will be ceded to the community, I am pleased to note that Asaba as host community encouraged the execution of the project without any sign of disruption”. Governor Okowa said.
He noted that with the speed with which the project was completed, more of such projects could be sited in other high population density towns of the state like Sapele, Agbor, and Ughelli.
He said, “I want to congratulate the investors for the completion of this mall in Asaba, I believe that in another two years, more of this malls will be completed in the state; I call on the company to ensure local content in its employment, supply of goods and services and ensure that it executes its corporate social responsibility which is vital for the growth of the company, the community and the state.”
While the Chief Executive Officer of Resilient Africa, Mr Eddy Macdonald commended Governor Okowa’s administration for creating the enabling environment for investments to thrive, the facilitator of the project, Mr Olumide Akintanya in a chat, described Delta as a peculiar state for investment to thrive.
“Delta should be every investors’ destination because, the ease of doing business here can be described as 95 per cent and the people are very business-like,” he said.