After securing the gazette making the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort a free trade zone, patronage at the resort remains very low, prompting calls for concerted efforts by stakeholders to realise its full potential
The first time Nnamani Kelechi visited Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Adiabo, near Calabar, he was amazed at what he saw. For a moment he thought he was in Europe or some developed country. Since that first visit last December, Kelechi, then a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, serving at Odukpani Local Government area of Cross River State, had visited Tinapa several times, the last of which was Saturday, February 10.
Although still impressed with the breathtaking scenery of Tinapa, Kelechi is disappointed that the complex is yet to attract the kind of patronage it was expected to pull when it was commissioned in April 2007. “I think that the state government should do something to attract more people here. This is supposed to be a money-making venture for the government, but from what I can see, I am not sure the government or managers of the resort is making enough money to maintain it,” he said.