Delta State is set to change the Nigerian tourism landscape with an on-going project designed to put the region on the world map as a major holiday attraction.
The Leisure and Wildlife Resorts currently under construction in Oleri village, Udu LGA and Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South local government areas of Delta state are the result of a public-private sector collaboration between the state government and SarnerPFM (in conjunction with its international arm, Sarner Ltd UK).
The project which is a part of the Delta Beyond Oil initiative designed to divest the state of its dependence on oil based revenue, will cost about N40 billion (over $250m) in total, and is expected to be completed by December 2014.
With job creation potential of 6000 jobs, an estimated span of over 300 acres and a projection of 1.8 billion visitors by 2030, the resorts have been described as the first of their kind in West-Africa.
Some of the features of the resorts include:
- Theme Resort (Oleri Village, Warri)
- An 18 zone community spanning 186 acres built according to architecture drawn from Egyptian, American and African influences.
- Shopping malls which boast a host of foreign and home-made brands.
- A range of Floridian, Mediterranean, Oriental and English themed dwellings built as modern inns and private villas
- A five star, five story hotel with 250 bedrooms
- A three star, eight floor hotel with 504 bedrooms
- Service Communities including a Retail Village, Africa Cultural Village, Sports Village etc
- Recreational Amenities such as Casinos, Cinemas etc.
- Ample Parking Spaces, Restaurants and other functional amenities.
Wildlife Park and Resort (Ogwashi-Uku, Asaba)
- A daily capacity of 3,500 guests
- Adventure park and Safari
- Animal Village, Zoo and Botanical Garden
- Cycling and Hunting Trails
- A five star hotel of 50 rooms and 38 luxury guest chalets