Anambra Assembly wants Obiano to rehabilitate Ogbaukwu cave


… Mourns Ebenebe Killings

Less than three weeks to end his tenure, Anambra Assembly has urged Gov. Willie Obiano to rehabilitate Ogbaukwu Cave and Waterfalls in Owerre- Ezukala, Orumba South Local Government Area, to boost tourism.

The resolution followed a motion raised by Mr Emmanuel Nwafor representing Orumba South Constituency, under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, at plenary on Tuesday.

Raising the motion, Nwafor said that the cave was one of the largest caves in Nigeria.

“It calls for concern that the deplorable condition of the cave has turned it to a danger zone instead of a recreational facility for tourist attraction.

“Tourism is one of the major revenue drive for most developed nations.

” I strongly believe that if the state government can rehabilitate this cave for tourism purposes, it will create employment and generate revenue for the state,” he said.

Supporting the motion, Dr Pete Ibida representing Njikoka ll Constituency, said that countries like Kenya make so much revenue from tourism.

“I urge Gov. Obiano to invest in the cave and make it a modern tourist institution so that people will travel from all over to enjoy our natural endowment.

“Gov. Obiano should prioritise the rehabilitation of this cave as a parting gift to the people of the state,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Ejike Okechukwu, representing Anaocha Constituency, urged the state government to diversify the state’s economy with investments in tourism.

According to Okechukwu, such diversification would attract foreign investors and foreign exchange.

The Speaker of the House urged Gov. Obiano to direct the Commissioners for Tourism and Diaspora and any other relevant agency to rehabilitate the Ogbaukwu cave and waterfalls for tourism purposes.

Also at plenary, the House sympathised with the people of Ebenebe Community in Awka, North, over the recent killings at a burial ceremony.

The House urged residents to be security conscious.


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