Niger state Government Lifts Tourism with Shagunu Beach Resort Take Off
Efforts by Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello the Executive Governor of Niger State, to boost tourism in the state has received a major fillip with the decision of a major financial group to bankroll the project.
The decision of the foreign investor to invest in Shagunu Beach Resort was the outcome of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s foreign investment drives in recent times. Shagunu Beach Resort, located in Borgu local government area of Niger state has been a major investment center believed to be on the priority list of the current administration in the state.
Disclosing this in a statement mid-week, Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Chidawa Rifkatu Adamu said ‘’it is the desire of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello led administration in the state to make Shagunu Beach Resort one of the country’s top tourism sites and a destination of the first choice .’’
‘’Governor Sani Bello has been committed and consistent in driving growth and developments in Niger state, and one of his focal points is how to make Shagunu Beach Resort come alive as one of Nigeria’s top tourism sites’’, Mrs. Adamu revealed.
Speaking in a similar vein, Lead Consultant Chief Executive Officer of Marcom Support Services Ltd, Mr. Hakeem Adewale Akintunde said it gladdens the heart that Shagunu Beach Resort has gotten the attention of the global financial player, noting that for over three years now, the state government has embarked on aggressive infrastructural development of communities in the area.
He revealed that empirical evidence of the master-plan of Shagunu Beach Resort shows that Shagunu will be promoted as a rising riverside resort destination of choice in the Sahara. He stated that the project which is conceived as a Public-Private Partnership on Build, Operate and Own Model is aimed at putting Niger state on the global tourism map while boosting the internally generated revenue of the state.
‘’It is our mandate to market and project this God-given resort to the outside world and investors with the hope of making the Beach the first of its kind in Nigeria and South of the Sahara, Akintunde revealed.
The beach, situated in the widest part of the River Niger occupies 1000 hectares of land as the river spans 34km across River Niger.
Shagunu is a rich natural environment that projects excellent opportunities to attract further economic development. As a riverside, it portends limitless prospects for positive growth associated with tourism industry development. It links up with Timbuktu in Mali, newly built Baro Ports in Niger State as well as connects to the Niger Delta Region through the water ways.
Other side attractions and landmarks of Shagunu Beach are: Kainji National Park, the
The largest National Park of Nigeria contains Kainji Lake, the Borgu Game Reserve, and the Zugurma Game Reserve. The state government has been committed to the aggressive infrastructural development of the state with special focus and attention on road construction and massive electrification of communities in Borgu local government and other parts of the state.
Niger State is a multi-culturally rich state that is agriculturally well endowed. It is a state with diverse ethnic groups, peace-loving, accommodating, and industrious.