Mt Patti: Kogi Govt. Signs MOU for Development of Lokoja International Resort

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In consolidation of its ongoing projects across the state, Kogi State government has taken a bold step towards tourism development of the state capital, Lokoja.

This indication was on the heels of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GoldenCity Engineering Consultancy Company Limited for the design and sourcing for the financing for the development of international resort at Mount Patti, Nataco and associated infrastructure in Lokoja.

The project, tagged Lokoja International Resort was initiated by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Honourable Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman as a turnkey concept expected to transform the socioeconomic landscape of Kogi State.

While signing the MoU on behalf of the State Government in her Office in Lokoja on Tuesday, the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Mrs. Folashade Arike Ayoade, said that she is “particularly excited” about the signing of the MoU for the economic benefits to the citizens and the new narrative of Kogi tourism once the project is actualized.

Ayoade, who lauded Governor Yahaya Bello for providing the conducive environment for investments, noted that “Mount Patti offers pot of treasure that is about to see the light of the day and compete favourably with other tourist destinations in the country capable of greatly improving on the internally generated revenue.”

Meanwhile, the GoldenCity Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Isaiah in his remark thanked the state government for according his firm the golden opportunity to develop an international resort at Mount Patti and Nataco.

Mr. Emmanuel listed some of the attractions to boost the State’s tourism potentials to include: towers with helipad, amusement parks, museum, cable car from Nataco to Mount Patti, Boat Cruise, 5-Star and Chalet Hotels among others.

Other government officials at the signing ceremony included the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon Salifu Isah Idachaba, Hon. Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects and Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Hon Femi Bolaji.

The international resort is expected to be commissioned before the expiration of the tenure of Governor Bello.

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