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03rd August, 2016.
R-L: Managing Director - Africa, Swiss International Hotels & Resort, Dr. Wasiu Babalola signing the partnership agreement as Chairman, Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (ACCIMA), Nze Marculey Nwankwo and Board Secretary/Director, Enyimba International Hotels Limited, Barr. Goddy Isiguzo looks on.


By Omololu Olumuyiwa

In his vision to place Abia State on global tourism map and a favourite MICE destination in Nigeria, the Executive Governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has given a new lease of life to the abandoned Enyimba Hotel for reconstruction to the newly proposed N6 billion Swiss International Hotel Enyimba, Aba.

Speaking during the signing of partnership with Swiss International Hotels & Resorts for the reconstruction work of the Enyimba International Hotels, Governor Ikpeazu said that the commercial hub of the state lacked hotel facilities that commensurate with the level of activities in the city.

The governor in his words, "What is happening today is dream come true because Aba is known for many important and strategic things in trade and commerce, especially in small and medium enterprises.

"What we lack is a befitting five star hotel within the environment and landscape of Aba. This huge gap has militated against development and the presence of high profile investors in this land because we understand that no billionaire would like to invest in a place where he cannot pass the night," he said.

Ikpeazu thanked the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) for the effort at getting Swiss International Hotels and Resorts to collaborate in reviving the hotel.

He also promised government's support for the full realisation of the revival in any way possible.

In his earlier address at the event, the chairman, Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (ACCIMA), Nze Marculey Nwankwo stated that the abandoned hotel with a total of 14.28 acres of land with a registration number RC 28277 was built in 1982 by Sam Mbakwe.

Mr. Marculey Nwankwo stated that the renovation of the five star hotel is a milestone in Dr. Ikpeazu's administration and commended the leadership and the fighting spirit of ACCIMA towards achieving this feat.

Speaking at the event, a partner and Chairman, Investory Signature Limited, Hon. Daniel Okeke hinted that with the strategic location of Aba and it's commercial potentials, the proposed Swiss Hotel Enyimba Aba as a renowned global brand will suit the quest of intending investors and serves as recreation center in the commercial haven.

Chief Okeke emphasised that with Swiss International Hotels & Resorts debut in Aba, it will make the city a preferred MICE destination in the South East of Nigeria.

The Managing Director - Africa, Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, Dr. Wasiu Babalola shortly after the signing of the partnership agreement disclosed the hotel will be upgraded and will have 141 rooms, 16 Executive suites and 4 Presidential suites with Swimming pool, Racket courts, well equipped standard gyms, among many facilities.

Babalola hinted further that on completion, the hotel will provide job opportunity for direct employment of about 250 people and indirect employment for over 2000 people.

In his remark, the President, ACCIMA, Sir Emmanuel Obiora Nwakpadolu lauded the tourism vision of the governor and his support to see to the actualization of the project.

The Commissioner for Trade, Investment & Tourism, Abia State, Mrs. Kate Nwosu hinted that Abia state is tourism friendly and the government of Dr. Ikpeazu is ready to support any viable and realistic project for the advancement of the tourism and hospitality sector.

She reiterated the fact that ACCIMA has played a vital role in bringing a world-class hotel to Aba through their partnership with a reputable global brand of Swiss international Hotels & Resorts as it would help drive the business tourism of Abia State and open up other areas that would keep attracting tourists to Aba specifically.

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