Acting Governor Flags off N40b Tourism Resort.
The acting Governor of Delta State Prince Sam Obi today turned the sand (ground breaking) for the construction of a 40 billion naira tourism and leisure centre in Oleri village in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.
The project is a joint venture partnership between the State Government and SARNER, an international company that specialized in tourism.
While Delta State Government will construct the roads and bridge leading to the project site, SARNER will fund the construction of all the facilities in the tourism and leisure centre.
Speaking at the occasion, the acting Governor Prince Sam Obi said the project is one of the steps being taken to harness the State's tourism potentials and build a State less dependent on oil.
Prince Obi said tourism was now an important economic activity that will open the door for economic boom and expressed the commitment of the State Government to complete its own share of the partnership on schedule.
He charged SARNER organization to be focused, execute the project with seriousness and should not dash the hopes of the people.
The acting Governor assured SARNER that returns on investment will be very high especially in line with the rich economic prospects available in the environment the project is cited.
Prince Obi particularly commended the Kenyan and Namibian Government for their investment interest in Delta State.
He gave assurance that the PDP administration will continue to provide a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive even as he requested for genuine suggestions on productive partnership.
Speaking further, he said "I commend the foreign investors for their interest in this project. I assure you that you will reap highly from it. Believe me, you will not be disappointed."
The acting Governor commended the Olori community for donating 250 acres of land for the project and enjoined the community to provide peaceful and harmonious atmosphere for the actualization of the project.
Prince Obi also charged the community to jealously guard the project from its construction to when it will be fully operational.
His words "I sincerely hope that you will continue to provide a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere for the actualization of this project. You should also guard this project and ensure that it is fully protected".
In his remarks, the former Governor of the State Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan said adequate funds have been reserved for the completion of the project.
Dr Uduaghan said he made sure that SARNER had the total fund for the construction of the project before the contractual agreement.
He said the project will bring tremendous development to the community and enjoined youths in the area not to disrupt construction work under any guise.
Dr Uduaghan who enjoined the foreign partner to employ large percentage of Nigerians, also urged the company not to delay the project.
The Oleri community in its speech read by Chief P.E Okoro expressed appreciation to SARNER for selecting the community for the investment.
Chief Okoro promised that the community will not ask for compensation but requested for a hospital, water and good motorable road.