The Managing Director of Tinapa Business and Resort, Mr. Ayiba Ayiba, has dismissed an online report that alleged the monorail linking Tinapa with Calabar International Convention Centre had been paralysed due to stolen armoured cable by hoodlums.

According to him, the monorail is in good condition, but not moving because there are no passengers.

“The monorail is in perfect condition; nothing has happened to it but presently there is no patronage. Whenever we have passengers, we call the engineers to fix necessary things. So, the rumour making the rounds is baseless and untrue,” he said.

Mr. Ayiba also lamented the epileptic power and water supply that has slowed down activities in the world-class business hub in Calabar, Cross River State.

He said facilities at the Tinapa water park were being resuscitated, adding that a borehole had been put in place, while alternative power supply was being worked out.

A photo taken on April 26, 2017 shows a view of the empty Tinapa commercial zone in Calabar, Cross River State. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

Ayiba, who spoke on measures being taken to resuscitate and reinvigorate business activities in the area, added the management of the resort was encouraging local investors to come and own shops and business outlets to boost activities in the resort.

He, however, blamed the lack of activities in Tinapa water park to poor water supply and epileptic electricity.

Ayiba said, “We have sunk a borehole and water tanks are being installed as an alternative water supply to the pool. This will take care of supplying water to pool regularly and to wash toilets.

“Also, we are making efforts to provide alternative power source to ensure regular power supply to the pool, As this is one of the biggest challenges facing the resort.

“So I am assuring tourists that by the first week of October, our pool will be functioning normally. The swimming pool will start functioning from next month.”

Speaking on specific moves aimed at resuscitating the business hub, Ayiba said, “We are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that Tinapa works. We are trying to explore our local markets. We are trying to encourage our local traders to come and rent our shops and do business with us.”

He disclosed that there are 54 shops in the area and only about 10 are currently occupied.

He stressed the need for the state government to re-constitute Tinapa board to facilitate the current investment drive going on in the resort.

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