A Leisure Park in Warri, Delta State

The Delta State government is desirous of making great strides in tourism development in Nigeria. In this regard, it has concluded plans to set up a film and leisure park in the state to harness and develop arts and tourism potentials that abound in the state.

To further this cause the state government recently approached the state House of Assembly with a request to approve the sum of N5billion for the development of a Film village and leisure park.

This request was on Tuesday approved by the Delta House of Assembly. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the film village and leisure park will be built at Ugbolu, in Oshimili North Local Government area at the cost of N5 billion.

The Assembly, which resumed plenary yesterday, had been on a four-week break. The request for the Approval of the loan made by governor  Ifeanyi Okowa was contained in a letter read during plenary by the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, in Asaba.

Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

Okowa said that the project when completed, would not only boost the revenue base of the state but would also create jobs for youths of the state. He said the state government would provide 30 percent of the funding of the project, while investors would provide 70 percent.

The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Tim Owhefere, moved the motion for the House to receive and adopt the letter. The motion was seconded by the member representing Udu Constitu¬ency, Chief Peter Uvieijitobor. The request was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers when it put to a voice vote by the Speaker. (NAN)

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Culture and Tourism, Rt Hon Friday Osanebi, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the film village and leisure park project located in Ugbolu, Oshimili North local government area of the state.

Reacting to Tuesday’s ratifications of the State Executive Council approval of the project by the Delta State House of Assembly, Osanebi described the development as commendable and thanked the Governor for the initiative.

The Lawmaker expressed optimism that the project would be completed in record time, and urged the firm handling the project to ensure early completion and standards.