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The Enugu State Government begins construction of a five-star hotel

By Vaseline May26,2024
The Enugu State Government begins construction of a five-star hotel

Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has laid the foundation for the construction of a five-star International Conference Center Hotel in Enugu, the state capital.

During the groundbreaking ceremony held on Saturday, the governor also inspected the long-abandoned 5,000-capacity Enugu International Conference Center which his administration is currently completing and modernizing.

Speaking at the event, the Governor said the five-star facility, which he described as an investment enabler, was in line with his administration’s vision to make Enugu the destination of choice for investment, business, tourism and leisure, and to grow the state’s business . economy from $4.4 billion to $30 billion in four to eight years.

Mbah said his dream was to make Enugu the conference headquarters of Africa.

“What we’re seeing here today is just connecting the dots. Recall that we told Ndi Enugu that our mission is to make Enugu the premier destination for business, investment, tourism, residential and leisure.

“We know there are important factors if you really want to make your state the number one destination for tourism. We also know that for the International Conference Center to be attractive, there are also important factors that make this possible.

“You can’t talk about getting the most out of your 5,000-seat conference center without having enough keys. For anyone organizing a conference with 5,000 participants, the first question is where the keys are. In any case, they would like to see at least 10,000 keys because when they come, they will probably come with their family and friends,” he stated.

Highlighting the on-time delivery, Mbah said the government had made all necessary arrangements to fulfill its promise to the contractors, who have to work day and night, as there would be no room for cost variation or time overrun.

“We have received assurances from the contractor that this project will be completed in eleven months. So we hope to come here next April to put this project into use. We are going to pursue them and we have been assured that they will be working day and night as we hope that the International Conference Center, which is already under construction, will be ready in a few months.

“We want to optimize the Conference Center and we are assured that there will be no variation and no time overrun,” he stressed.

The state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Gerald Otiji, said the International Conference Center Hotel has become very necessary, explaining that in addition to the main Conference Centre, which can accommodate over 5,000 persons, other adjoining facilities can accommodate more than a thousand people.

Shedding more light on the project, project consultant Adibe Njoku said the hotel was the soul that would power the conference centre.

“It contains 335 rooms, consisting of 224 single rooms, 64 business suites, 25 diplomatic suites and two presidential suites and all other facilities that enable the hotel to function as a five-star hotel,” he explained.

Also, the General Manager of China Communications Construction Company, CCCC, Henry Li, thanked the state for entrusting the landmark project to them, and pledged to bring the company’s knowledge, expertise and deep commitment to excellence to the project.

“Our goal is not just to build a hotel, but to create a landmark that will also be a beacon of hospitality and innovation in our city,” said Li.

Meanwhile, Mbah, while touring the Enugu International Conference Center to inspect the level and quality of ongoing works, said nothing should affect the completion date in any way.

He said his government was eager to put the complex to good use and welcome the world.

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