Remember Tinap resort? That futuristic and bold project that was initiated by Donald Duker, a former governor of Cross River State. The resort is now calling for local businesses to take up shops to boost business activities at the resort.
Speaking to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Calabar, the managing director of the resort Mr Ayiba Ayiba, sspoke of the effort by its management to realise the state objectives and visions for the resort. “We are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that Tinapa works. We are trying to explore our local markets,” he said and added that “We are trying to encourage our local traders to come and rent our shops and do business with us.
The MD disclosed that the renting shop space with the resort is severely under-utilised, only 10 of the 54 are occupied. He also spoke of the effort by his management to revamp and resuscitate essential facilities within the complex. “We have sunk a borehole and water tanks are being installed as alternative water supply to the pool. This will take care of regular water supply to the pool and keep the toilets clean.
“Also, we are making efforts to provide an alternative power source to ensure regular power supply to the pool, as this is one of the biggest challenges facing the resort.
“So I am assuring tourists that by the first week of October our pool will be functioning normally,”
The managing director also rubbished reports making the rounds that monorail linking Tinap with Calabar International Conference Centre (CICC ) had been paralysed due to stealing of its armoured cable by hoodlums. “The monorail is in perfect condition; nothing has happened to it but presently there is no patronage. Whenever we have passengers we call the engineers to put necessary things in place for its use. “So the rumours making the rounds is baseless and untrue.”
Ayibaalso wants the state government to re-constitute the Tinapa board to facilitate the current investment drive going on in the resort.