...As Obiano Inaugurates Committee
By Abuchi Onwumelu
Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu, will fully open for business in November this year, the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, has announced. The disclosure came during the inauguration of the committee for the opening of the hotel by the governor, reports Abuchi Onwumelu.
The 81 standard rooms and presidential suites hotel sited on a 14- hectare land, is a three storey building with such key features as conference centre; a gym; a spa; outdoor pool bar; bush bar; 6 meeting rooms; clinic; 6-hole golf course; among others.
The Governor who inspected the hotel facility expressed satisfaction with the standard of work done, saying the hotel would fully open to business next month.
Explaining that the opening of the hotel was in fulfilment of his campaign promise not to abandon any project inherited from his predecessor, he said the hotel would be a leading hospitality destination in Eastern Nigeria, as well as a hub for regional, national and international conferences, thereby enhancing the economy of Anambra State.
The chairman of the State Investment Promotion & Protection Agency (ANSIPPA) and traditional ruler of Umuoji, HRH Igwe (Dr.) Cyril Enweze, recalled that the state government and Golden Tulip West Africa Limited, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the 9th of May, 2017 for the effective management of the asset on behalf of the State, a deal that would last for a period of 10 years, with a 5 year renewable term.
Igwe Enweze said the Hotel was in line with the state's economic objectives for the hospitality industry and would also promote the rapid urbanization of its environs, promote tourism and increase revenue to the state.
The chairman, Golden Tulip's Board of Directors, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Ifeatu Onyejeme, said the present administration had fulfilled its vision of making the state the first choice investment destination and a hub for industrialization and commercial activities. noting that the numerous hotels opening up in the state was proof of the security thriving in the state.
For the president, Golden Tulip Limited, Mr Amaechi Ndili, they would deploy their wealth of experience in managing the hotel, to sustain its present status as the best hotel brand in West Africa.
Golden Tulip Hotel, initiated by the Peter Obi Administration, was taken up by the Obiano Government and completed in fulfillment of Obiano's promise to Continue with old projects, Completing them, and Commencing his own. The hotel is situated in a very beautiful and serene environment that has a direct view on Agulu Lake.
Additional reports from Jude Atupulazi.