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Cross River govt signs over N2bn deal on entertainment centre

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The Government of Cross River State, through one of its agencies, the Cross River State Tourism Bureau, signed an expandable N2 billion deal on Friday with a development partner, Blake Excellency Resort Limited, for the establishment of a one-stop entertainment centre.


The Managing Director of the Cross River State Tourism Bureau, Prince Ojoi Ekpenyong, revealed that the entertainment centre would be located in the Tortulga Island area of the Marina Resort, which has remained deserted for the past two decades.


He described the investment as an additional benefit because it would take people off the streets while providing more than 200 job opportunities for the state’s people.

He stressed that the state’s revenue would increase.


Ojoi maintained that the state is ready to open up to business and is willing to cooperate with any investor who can create job opportunities and significantly develop the state’s economy.On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Blake Excellency Resort Limited, Mr. Uzochukwu Akunedozi, said the entertainment center would accommodate kids, youths, and senior citizens.


He noted that the facilities expected in the entertainment center include a dining restaurant, lounge, a pool, boat cruise, water slides, gaming center for kids, and a floater that can accommodate 50 to 60 people who wish to celebrate their birthdays or any events on top of the water, among other features.


“Blake Resort is meant for entertainment; it has hosted people from across the globe, and the testimonies are there to verify. We are here to add value to what has been done in Cross River State. I’m excited because I feel privileged to be part of what the Cross River State government is doing, which is tourism, and without an iota of doubt, Cross River State is the number one tourist destination in West Africa.


“I’m in a hurry to deliver, and I’m in a hurry to do more than I have said. Our duty is to exceed your expectations. We are looking at between now and October; we should be hitting the ground running”, he added.


Witnessing the signing, the Special Adviser to the Governor on general duties, Barrister Ekpenyong Akiba, expressed satisfaction with the partnership deal and assured that the state government would continue to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state

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Tour Africa Lottery: A New Intiative To Promote Tourism In Nigeria and Africa

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Joel Ajayi


Linas International, in collaboration with the Nigeria Tourism Development Authority (NTDA), proudly announces the launch of Tour Africa Lottery, an innovative initiative under Project Tourism. 
This groundbreaking initiative offers Nigerians the chance to play and win a lottery for an unforgettable travel experience to tour sites across Nigeria and selected African countries.

The inaugural edition of Tour Africa Lottery presents an exciting opportunity for winners to embark on an immersive journey across Abuja, Nigeria, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the breathtaking landscapes of Rwanda.


This initiative aims to promote tourism development in Africa, with Nigeria serving as a hub of attraction for travelers from around the world.


“We are thrilled to introduce Tour Africa Lottery as a unique platform to encourage exploration and appreciation of the rich cultural and natural heritage of Nigeria and Africa,” said Mr Chuks Anyaduba, Project Director. 


By partnering with Nigeria Tourism Development Authority, we aim to showcase the diverse beauty of our country Nigeria and by extension the continent and create unforgettable experiences for lottery winners.”


Renowned actress, Regina Daniels Nwoko, is the celebrity influencer for the maiden edition of Tour Africa Lottery. Winners will have the exclusive opportunity to embark on an all-expense-paid trip to Rwanda alongside Regina.

The trip to be kick started with a preliminary tour of Abuja is promising a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.


“Together with Linas International and the Nigeria Tourism Development Authority, I am excited to embark on this incredible journey to Rwanda,” said Regina Daniels Nwoko. “Tour Africa Lottery presents an extraordinary opportunity to explore the wonders of our country and continent as well as foster greater cultural exchange.”


Participation in Tour Africa Lottery is simple. Interested individuals can visit www.tourafricalottery.com, select the Rwanda ticket, and play for a chance to win. Winners will be selected through a raffle draw in June, with further details available on the official Instagram page @projecttourismafrica.

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