Construction work has begun on the $1billion ‘Virgin’ city in Calabar, the Cross River state as part of measures to further brand the state as a tourist hub.
The project to be sited in Etap Ayip Kasuk, in Calabar Municipality, is being undertaken in partnership with a Chinese firm, Mark Sino Construction Company Limited.
Governor Ben Ayade, performing the ground-breaking, explained that the project arose from the potentials of the deep seaport whose construction starts by January 15, with 35, 000 workers at its peak.
The governor said there is the need to provide accommodation and recreational facilities for them.
Ayade added that some indigenes, whose income would improve as a result of the construction, might be able to buy property in the city.
The chairman of the company, Wei Hengshan, promised that the company would work according to specification to positively transform the lives of the citizenry.
According to the commissioner for lands and urban development, John Inyang, and his counterpart in new cities, George Ekpungu, the ‘Virgin’ City would be a tourist centre and an estate with European and African concept.