Vice President Sambo opens Gombe Jewel Hotel in Abuja

Posted: May 25, 2011 in travel & tourism

Vice President Namadi Sambo, weekend, formally declared open the multi-million naira Gombe Jewel Hotel, owned by the Gombe State government, in Wuse 11, Abuja, reiterating federal government’s commitment towards exploiting the country’s tourism potentials.

The Vice President while lauding the Gombe State for the project also thumbed up the facility, which he described as being in line with federal government’s vision for developing the sector.

“We applaud the Gombe State government under the leadership of Governor Mohammed Danjuma Goje for the construction and commissioning of this ultra-modern hotel facility. This initiative is in tandem with the Federal Government’s concerted effort at to develop Nigeria’s tourism sector as a foreign exchange earner and image maker in international relations.

He therefore assured of government’s continued support for the sector as a potential driver of the economy.

“We reinstate our resolve to ensure that Nigeria meets its tourism goal and all potentials properly placed. This should take the form of providing suitable accommodation and catering facilities that would give value to international standard.

“To properly compete in the market you need affordable and well packaged accommodation facilities as a basis of business tourism. To attract worldwide investment, this serves as a strong factor in opening up an outlet for inflow of foreign investment.”

On his part, state governor  Goje who disclosed that the facility was to handed over to private firm for management also revealed that the hotel cost the state government a whopping N1, 564,451,236.03, being value of the contract for the remodeling, re-designing and completion of the Hotel by the Martalia Nigeria Ltd.

“In order to ensure standard, efficient and sustainable service delivery to customers, guarantee positive returns on investment and in the spirit of public private partnership, the Gombe State government has entered into a five-year contract with an indigenous hospitality company, Messrs Milianedi Nigeria Ltd to manage the hotel on lease at N120 million,” He said.

“In terms of facilities, the Gombe Jewel Hotel Abuja is second to none in the Wuse II neighbourhood. The Hotel has 57 rooms, swimming pool, gymnasium, bar, restaurant, conference hall and parking space. It is therefore the star hotel of Wuse II which is a source of pride not only to us, but to the entire residents of Abuja,” the governor said.

Goje explained that his administration decided to resume work on the hotel, which is among the abandoned projects it inherited from the previous government in 2003, after observing that the project was economically viable and politically worthwhile.

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Comments
  1. Hafsat Bello says:

    I will sincerely say what is on my mind. The hotel is supposed to be at least a 3 star hotel and by the grace of God it will get there and it can even be a 7 star hotel if Allah wishes so to happen! *cheers*

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