The first phase of the development of the former Durbar Hotels, now Golden Tulib Hotel, Festac, that has gulped about N18billion was commissioned weekend by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Raji Fashola, represented by his deputy, Mrs. Joke Orelope-Adefulire, said with the re-positioning of the hotel by the UACN property shows that can make things.
The Governor explained that with the development going on the Badagry corridor in the state shows the seriousness the state government attached to tourism infrastructural development.
He added “Lagos state with its population is a ready market for quick return on investment. We are ready to partner with the private sector for more of these projects as we are in a hurry to provide jobs for our people.”
While thanking the state government for its support, the Group Managing Director, UAC of Nigeria, Larry Ettah, said the former Durbar Hotel was acquired in 2002 by his company under the privatization programme of the Federal Government.
“Our decision was motivated by the desire to take a troubled edifice that was a national pride and create out of it a tourist destination that will reshape the entire landscape of Amuwo Odofin and Lagos state in general.”
The managing Director, UACN Property Development Company, Mr. Hakeem Ogunniran while taking the guests through the journey of the hotel said they have been able to leverage on the success of its principal promoter to create a hotel and conference facility that is that is tailored to meet the needs of the market.