The Managing Director of Tinapa Business and Resort, Mr. Ayiba Ayiba, has lamented the epileptic power and water supply that has slowed down activities in the world-class business hub in Calabar, Cross River State.
He said facilities at the Tinapa water point were being resuscitated, adding that a borehole had been put in place, while alternative power supply was being worked out.
Ayiba, who spoke on measures being taken to resuscitate and reinvigorate business activities in the area, added the management of the resort was encouraging local investors to come and own shops and business outlets to boost activities in the resort.
“Also, we are making efforts to provide alternative power source to ensure regular power supply to the pool, As this is one of the biggest challenges facing the resort.
“So I am assuring tourists that by the first week of October, our pool will be functioning normally. The swimming pool will start functioning from next month.”
Speaking on specific moves aimed at resuscitating the business hub, Ayiba said, “We are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that Tinapa works. We are trying to explore our local markets. We are trying to encourage our local traders to come and rent our shops and do business with us.”
He disclosed that there are 54 shops in the area and only about 10 are currently occupied.
Ayiba also dismissed an online report that alleged the monorail linking Tinapa with Calabar International Conference Centre had been paralysed due to stolen armoured cable by hoodlums.
According to him, the monorail is in good condition, but not moving because there are no passengers.
“The monorail is in perfect condition; nothing has happened to it but presently there is no patronage. Whenever we have passengers, we call the engineers to fix necessary things. So, the rumour making the rounds is baseless and untrue,” he said.
He stressed the need for the state government to re-constitute Tinapa board to facilitate the current investment drive going on in the resort.