Spurred by the vision to reposition the Nike Lake Resort Hotel, Enugu, to meet a standard befitting of its three-star status with a capacity to generate revenue, the Enugu State government has dissolved the hotel’s board to pave way for renovation works to be carried out.
The state’s commissioner for culture and tourism, Hon. Rita Mbah, said that following the dissolution, the state executive council directed her ministry to take over the management of the hotel pending the constitution of a new board.
Hon. Mbah added that the government plans to embark on extensive renovation of the hotel and put all the facilities in place to bring it up to standard to generate revenue for the state as well as put it in a condition that will make it attractive for possible public-private partnership.
“Nike Lake Resort Hotel is actually meant to be a tourist site and we have a lake there,” she told journalists at the Government House, Enugu, after last week’s executive council meeting. “We intend to dredge the lake and put a boat ride. A lot of things have to be done there and only government can do those things. This is the reason for taking over the hotel by the government.
“The government is talking to major Hotels. But before they come in, we have to improve the standard of Nike Lake to a particular level. Actually, the hotel is under privatization and commercialization. It is open for anybody to come and invest.”