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Cross River Govt Gifts Ten Hotels One Million Each

As part of deliberate efforts to assist hotels in upgrading their facilities ahead of Carnival Calabar, the Cross River State government has presented a cheque of one million naira grant each to ten hotels in  Calabar.

The initiative is part of an innovation package by the Cross River State Tourism Bureau tagged "Empowering Hotels, Investing In Excellence" aimed at resuscitating the industry.

Presenting the cheques at a ceremony held at Kada Cinemas located at Marina Resort in Calabar, the managing Director of the Bureau Prince Ojoi Ekpenyong said the incentive is meant to buttress the unwavering commitment of the Bureau to sustainable tourism and belief in the potential of local businesses.

Stating the basis of the selection, Prince Ojoi said, 'These ten exceptional hotels were carefully selected based on their commendable efforts in staying up to date with licensing requirements and their potential for remarkable growth.

"Today's recognition is not merely a financial grant; it's a vote of confidence in your commitment to excellence, service quality, and the advancement of our State's tourism landscape", he said.

Ojoi revealed that the ten hotels will be closely monitored in alignment with the grant criteria and the minimum requirements of industry standards.

He disclosed that the package which is starting in the South will go to the central and north in the first and second quarters of next year before returning to the South before the Carnival.

He commended the state governor, Senator Bassey Otu for his dedication to fulfilling promises outlined in the "People's First mantra".

Prince Ojoi pointed out that the award is a tangible demonstration of the governor's commitment to fostering economic growth and empowerment within the state.

Speaking, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Elvert Ayambem said the grant is a welcome development and promised that the Assembly will come up with strong legislation on security and cleanliness to boost the sector.

The Speaker who was represented by Samuel Neji Abang, Ikom 1 state constituency pledged that the 10th Assembly will cooperate with the Tourism Bureau and work with stakeholders to ensure the success of the industry in the state.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Tourism, Abubakar Ewa advised the beneficiaries to make the most of what they have received and join hands with the government to move the sector from strength to strength.

One of the beneficiaries Charles Ogar from Pyramid Hotels said no government in the state has ever done what Governor Otu has done with the grant.

Thanking the government for the gesture Ogar, who is also the Chairman of the Hoteliers Association said they will form a team to monitor and ensure that funds are judiciously used for the purposes intended.

By Victor Udu, The Beagle News