The Rivers State Government says the Commissioning of the Bonny Consulate Building fittingly keys into the vision of making Bonny an investment and tourism destination.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike made this assertion while presenting his keynote address at the commissioning of the Bonny Consulate Building in Bonny on Saturday 5th March 2022.
A report by Owupele Benebo, Head of Press, Office of the Deputy Governor, disclosed that Governor Wike, speaking through his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said, “The reconstruction of the Consulate Building, a monument that is 197 year old this year, by NLNG and Julius Berger emphasizes the importance of putting together our collective memory as a people”.
The Governor who expressed gratitude to the NLNG for creatively re-enacting the old without losing the taste of the charm added that the building would continue to remain a historical monument and a remarkable milestone.
“With the other initiatives that has been going on through the NLNG, including the Bonny Bodo Road, including other cooperate social responsibility going on, we believe that this will further engender the fulfilment of our dream of making Bonny the destination of choice for all investors and bridges to other parts of this nation”. Governor Wike stressed.
The State Chief Executive said it was important for the people to continue to maintain the peace, which is key in bringing investors and important to maintain the unity, which the Bonny People were known for.
He emphasized that the challenge with gigantic projects in our communities was the issue of maintenance, stressing that it was important for a maintenance system to be put in place that would increase the investments and increase its sustainability.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of NLNG Dr. Philip Mshelbila said the NLNG’s relationship with the Ancient Grand Bonny Kingdom over the past 22 years has generated milestones of varying impact on the Island.
He noted that the construction and the commissioning of the Bonny Consulate Building was one of such accomplishments, which would underscore the economic significance of the Bonny Kingdom, which precedes the advent of oil and gas activities.
In his partnership remarks, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Dr. Lars Richter said as far back as the 15th century Bonny was a major international trading post which has overtime transformed into a central hub and key focal point for natural gas exploration and production in Nigeria.
Also speaking the Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area Hon. Anengi Barasua Dagogo Claude-Wilcox who thanked the Bonny Monarch and his Council of Chiefs for the initiative said development was only possible in the presence of peace, harmony and open-mindedness, adding that it was imperative for everybody to embrace peace and be law-abiding.
In his special address the Amayanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, king Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple 111 said the newly reconstructed Consulate Building was capable of turning the Bonny Kingdom into the hub of tourism in Nigeria and Africa in general.
According to the Monarch, part of the reason for the restoration of the historic building was to portray the economic significance of Bonny Island during the colonial Administration and to elicit the interest of tourists, which can translate to economic benefit for the people.
He disclosed that with the completion and commissioning of the Bonny Consulate the Bonny Dubai vision, which was shared, with the leadership of NLNG was fully on course.
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Right), with the Amayanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, King Dr. Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple, Perekule Xl (Left), the MD/CEO Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), Dr. Philip Mshelbila (2nd Left) the Chairman, Bonny Local Government Area, Hon. (Mrs.) Anengi Barasua (2nd Right) exchanged views during the Commissioning/Handing over Ceremony of the Bonny Consulate Building on the 5th March 2022.
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