Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has pledged to cooperate with the Republic of South Korean firm, Daewoo Engineering and Construction Company, in the development of tourism in the nation’s capital.
Wike, who made the pledge on Thursday when he received in his office, chairman of the company, Jung Won-ju, noted that if the company constructs a five-star hotel in the FCT, it would be in a position to compete with other similar hotels.
He stated that his interest as a minister, in the relationship between the Republic of South Korea and Nigeria, was to ensure the development of Abuja, and make it an attractive tourist centre, adding that it was important to concretise discussions on development.
According to him, “We are talking about FCT. One of the best things you can do is tourism. And in that case, the only five-star hotel we can talk about here is Transcorp Hilton. So, there is no competition, nothing. Like I said, it is important that we discuss, and people know that something will come out of that discussion.
For me as the FCT Minister, my interest is to develop Abuja, to make it more attractive as a tourist centre.
So, if you say that ‘okay, we want to invest in tourism, we want to build a five-star hotel, what role can you play’? We can say look, to assure you we are ready, we are not going to give you land to sell or whatever, we will give you land.”
Wike added that he would liaise with the Korean Ambassador, to schedule a visit to the country and the construction company, to finalise details and “finetune” the project for immediate action, while assuring the chairman that there would be no impediments to the project.
Speaking earlier the chairman, Won-Ju thanked the minister for the warm reception, adding that he would ensure that challenges between both countries are promptly addressed, to expedite actions on the partnership between Daewoo and the FCT.
“Even though there will be a lot of challenges for doing business between you and us, somehow, we are ready to overcome every challenge, and our MD of Nigeria here, will fully support the procedure to be realised as soon as possible. We are willing to comply with your demands and your guidance”.