Abuja – The Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Dickson, has approved the constitution of the State Tourism Development Board in a move aimed to spur the industry in the region.
He appointed Chief Timi Alaibe as the Chairman of the body.
It is hoped the newly-constituted Tourism Board will, among other things, bring the proposed Tourism Island to its full bloom and reckoning. The Tourism Island, expected to form an integral part of the new Yenagoa City, spans over 15 000 hectares lying between the Epie Creek and River Nun. Stretching from Igbogene to Tombia in the north to Yenaka, the project will be private sector driven.
The Tourism Island, which is already in the early stages of what is expected to be a robust project, will have facilities such as a six-star hotel, an 18-hole Professional Golf Association (PGA) golf course and a world-class polo field among other facilities.
“It is hoped that, the new Tourism Development Board, made up of persons of proven integrity and disposition, will use their wealth of experience in the times past to attract the much needed private sector participation as well as translate Government's dream of developing a flourishing world class tourism facility to reality. With the confidence reposed in the Chief Timi Alaibe led board and knowing them for their vast experience and antecedents, it is clear that, Bayelsa will within the foreseeable future become an international tourism hub and destination,” Dickson said.
He added, “Having identified tourism as having the potential to stabilize the post oil and gas economy of the State, Government is leaving no stone unturned in its commitment to fully develop the (tourism) sector, especially the Tourism Island.”
– CAJ News