Nigerian Minister wants to Transform Tinapa resort into a Tech Hub


Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, has unveiled an ambitious plan to collaborate with the country’s tech entrepreneurs for the transformation of the dormant Tinapa Business Resort into a thriving tech innovation and entrepreneurship hub.



The minister expressed his vision during a visit to the abandoned Tinapa tourism park in Calabar, Cross River State. Tinapa, initially intended as a tourism city, has been left in a state of disrepair and neglect for several years.

Dr. Tijani emphasized the potential of Tinapa, stating, “My team and I visited the Tinapa Business Resort to see the facilities there, and I am looking forward to working with our tech entrepreneurs to optimize the space for our tech ecosystem and innovators.”

Once a symbol of ambition to boost tourism and business in the state, Tinapa faced challenges of mismanagement, lack of funds, and poor planning, leading to its current dilapidated state. Built by Governor Donald Duke at a cost exceeding $350 million, the resort has struggled to attract tourists and generate revenue.

The Minister’s interest in reviving Tinapa is seen as a beacon of hope for the facility’s resurgence. The move aligns with efforts to unlock the untapped potential of the region and enhance tourism infrastructure.

Concerns have also been raised about the need for additional infrastructure support, including the reconstruction of the Calabar-Itu highway, to facilitate access for local and international tourists. Proposals for a train track or motor rail connecting Margaret Ekpo International Airport to Tinapa Resort have also been suggested to improve accessibility for tourists.

As the Minister of Communication sets sights on the tech transformation of Tinapa, there is optimism that the right support and resources will be directed towards the facility, paving the way for a renewed era of innovation and economic growth in the region.

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