ENUGU State government says it plans to enhance its tourism potentials and make them revenue yielding.
Commenting on the World Tourism Day, which was celebrated globally on Tuesday, the state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Joe Mamel, in Enugu said that the state was endowed with abundant tourism potentials.
“Enugu State is endowed with a lot of tourist potentials. We have in our eco-tourism, the Heneken Lake in Ezeagu, Awhum Waterfalls, the Odukwa Cave in Ezeagu. We have one in Ezeagu where we call Bechukwu, where we believe is where God lived and from there he resurrected.’’
The commissioner said government had started plans to complete the multi-billion Naira International Conference Centre, which was initiated by the previous administration in the state.
He said the government is looking for investors to complete the centre which is 70 per cent completed with a capacity to sit 10,000 persons.
Mamel also disclosed that the government had already approved N200 million for the renovation of the Nike Lake and Resort Hotels as well as the development of amusement parks in the state.
The commissioner announced that the government would organise a cultural and tourism fiesta from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22 to showcase its tourism potentials.
He said the festival would feature beach picnic and beach soccer, mmanwu (masquerade) festival and wrestling.
Also commenting on the celebration, the traditional ruler of Ezeowa-Aguobu Owa in Ezeagu Local Government Area, Igwe Francis Okafor, said that tourism engendered peace and unity in the world. According to him, culture and tourism complement each other and bring peace to various communities and individuals.