The Bayelsa State Government has commenced the process of building a world-class Polo Club as part of efforts to promote tourism and leisure in the state, Governor Seriake Dickson has said.
He said in Yenagoa last week that government’s desire to convert the Gloryland Castle to a world-class hotel was borne out of the need to create a conducive environment for investors.
“We are very hopeful that investors will soon be trooping into the state for business, as well as generate more revenue,’’ Dickson said while speaking at the facility’s ground-breaking ceremony near the Gloryland Castle in Government House.
The governor said the project, when completed, would serve as a sporting facility and also help to drive the development of the tourism sub-sector.
He said that the present administration in the state was poised to build a new Bayelsa through sports, tourism, peace, wealth and job creation.
According to Dickson, his administration attaches great importance to sports and tourism because they both have the capacity to create wealth and labour.
“Not only that, both sports and tourism strengthens bonds of friendship among individuals and groups,” he said.
The governor said the conversion would further generate more revenue for Bayelsa and boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He also expressed government’s readiness to partner the Nigeria Polo Association (NPA) to hold the First Bayelsa Polo Tournament.
The governor said the present administration would leave no stone unturned to make Bayelsa the safest state in the country.
In his remarks, the NPA President, Mr Francis Ogboro, assured the governor of NPA’s preparedness to collaborate with the state government.
“This will help to ensure that the game of polo is fully entrenched in the sporting and tourism calendar of the state,” he said.
On completion of the polo club project, Oboro said the association would not only participate in its commissioning but also inaugurate the governor as the first member of the club in the state.
Also speaking, a representative of the Managing Director of the contracting firm, NHD Interbiz Project Limited, Alhaji Nasiru Danu, said the Bayelsa State Polo Club project was expected to be completed within 90 days.