FCTA ready to incentivise private investment in tourism sector – Wike  

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By Philip Yatai

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, says the FCT Administration is ready to provide incentives to investors interested in developing the territory’s tourism sector.

Wike stated this at the inauguration of a Sunrise Waterpark, a recreation centre developed by Nadeem Group in Abuja on Friday.

The park is located at Sunrise Hill Estate, R1 Sunrise Blvd, Kugbo, Abuja.

The minister noted that the tourism sector has the potential to become one of the highest foreign exchange earners for the country.

He, however, pointed out that the sector had sadly remained largely untapped and undeveloped.

He said that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration, under the “Renewed Hope” agenda has made the development of the tourism sector one of its top priorities.

He added that the government had sent out a clarion call to private investors to look in the direction of tourism and harness its full potential for the benefit of the country.

“I am glad that the Nadeem Group has heeded to the call.

“The FCT has a lot of sites that have the potential of becoming great tourism sites, such as the fishing site in Yaba, the Ushafa Pottery Centre and the Millennium Tower project.

“It will be gratifying to see private investors coming to these areas and to give them a new breath of life.

“Our doors remained open for discussions and possible incentives to see Abuja grow up to its full potential in the tourism sector,” the minister said.

Wike said that he personally inaugurated the park, a private sector investment, because of its importance in developing Abuja tourism sector.

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Describing the park as the biggest and most modern waterpark in the West African sub-region, the minister expressed optimism that more tourism sites would be developed in Abuja.

“It is also important to note that commissioning of the park is a testament to the vibrancy and tourism potential of our beloved city, Abuja.

Earlier, the Chairperson of Nadeem Group, Nadia Nadeem, said that the groups’ investment in the recreational facility was to foster bonds and friendship for family members of all ages.

Nadeem said that the Sunrise Waterpark came at a time the Nigerian government was taking steps to create jobs and attract foreign investments.

According to her, the park has the potential of creating hundreds of jobs for Nigerians in many sectors including tourism, hospitality, entertainment, transportation, trade and commerce, real estate, and construction.

“In the coming months, the waterpark is expected to attract many economic activities into Abuja.

“It will attract foreigners from within Africa and throughout the world, making us partners in progress in the development of our dear city, Abuja,” she said. (NAN)

Edited by Abiemwense Moru

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