Domestic tourism: Emir of Koton Karfe takes new initiative
Since signing the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the development of La Campagne Tropicana/USI Kokoko Mountain and River Resort, Koton Karfe with the management of La Campagn Tropicana Beach Resort, Ikegun Village, Lekki, Lagos, the emir of the sleeping town sandwiched between Lokoja and Abuja, Ohimege Igu, Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Isa – Koto, has never looked back on the dream project, which he believes would greatly transform the fortunes of his almost forgotten enclave and people.
He has showed unalloyed commitment to the delivery of this project, as he has given virtually all the incentives needed for the project and continued to encourage La Campagne even showing his physical presence as demonstrated recently, when he visited the site with his palace entourage to inspect the spate of work on the project.
The Ohimege Igu, Koton – Karfe, has on many occasions made it clear that he is completely devoted to the welfare of his people and up lift of his community from its present laid back and sleeping nature to an economically thriving community by using its inherent potential and creative industry to brighten its socio – economic mix.
It is, therefore, not surprising that instead of going ‘Crown in Hand,’ as it is common in this part of the world, begging for pittance, he has latched on the success story of La Campagne, as he looks to the hospitality outfit founded by Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, who is also the founder of Motherland Beckons, to replicate what is happening in Ikegun Village in his enclave.
It is on record that La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort has in its over 30 years existence completely transformed Ikegun Village and its environs to thriving communities with a booming economy. For instance, Ikegun Village, which before now has less than 10 mud buildings now boost over 5, 000 concrete and modern buildings owned by the indigenes and others who are workers of La Campagne Tropicana.
Many of these workers are mere beachcombers and sweepers, housekeepers, maids, cooks, security staff and artisans. The people now enjoy better education, civilsatation and exposure to modern influences while their culture and tradition have also been elevated and popularised even as the people now have a wider network of friends and contacts to leverage on as they freely mingle and interact with guests and visitors to the resort.
The opening of this hinterland community by La Campagne is said to have been a great impetus to the fast pace of development now witnessed in that axis of Lagos, beginning from Akodo Village down the long stretch of communities where you now have different hospitality outfits and businesses springing daily.
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