In order to solve the perennial power challenge at the Obudu Mountain Resort, the Cross River State Government has procured and installed 60kw solar plant at the resort.
Mr. Bobby Ekpenyong, the Special Adviser to the State Government stated this in a statement made available to journalists over the weekend.
According to him, visitors to the resort had complained about the power challenge in the past, stressing that the issue had now been tackled by the government and hoped that visitors would increase to the mountain.
He assured that the ranch would now have 24 hours power supply with the installation of the solar plant.
After a jam packed and hugely successful December season, which saw some overcrowding and maximum utilisation of the facilities at the ranch, the power and catering issues, he noted stood out large.
Apart from light, he mentioned food and beverage management issues.
Before now the ranch relied heavily on generators for power supply.
The Governor’s Lodge, the Presidential Lodge, the Conference Centre, The Waterpark and the Cable Car all use different generators.
The water is pumped from bottom hill all the way to the ranch daily.
The ranch is not connected to the national grid and the height of its location power has been the major issue in the past. In December the Cable Car was fully restored to operations and is now in use.
The Obudu Mountain Resort turn around maintenance has seen to the restoration of the African Huts.
The management at Nigeria’s most popular attraction the Obudu Mountain Resort in December completed a full revamp of the African Huts and it was put in use on Christmas day.
The very popular African Huts were abandoned for about eight years.
This was part of the gradual decline suffered by the popular resort in the recent past.
The resort was completely abandoned from 2017 till 2019.
There has been a gradual restoration of the facilities. The world famous Cable Car was restored to functionality in November and almost all the rooms repainted and refurbished.
The Governor has also approved to payment of all salary arrears owed the staff.
According to the Special Adviser to the Governor: “We have paid all staff and training has begun to cover all lapses observed during the Yuletide. New uniforms have been made to make them look smart. Plans are underway to enrich the locals by training them on the value chain businesses they can involve themselves to take advantage of the influx of tourists.
“We are working hard to bring back the glory of the resort and improve on what I met on the ground.”