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Nigeria: Retired judge, hotelier explains why more hospitality investment will move to Kwara



Justice Akambi Emirate

Justice Lambo Akanbi Rtd has stated that Ilorin, capital of Kwara State will remain a hospitality hub as far as the foreseeable future.

According to him, the advent of mining and influx of more foriegners into Kwara will continue to drive the hospitality industry in the state.

Akanbi is also the chairman, Emirate Global Hotels, Ilorin, one biggest hotels in the state.

“When you look at Ilorin and Kwara in particular, it was regarded as purely a civil service town ten years ago.

“But things have started changing. Mining, for instance is taking its place in Kwara. It attracts foriegners and when they come they need a place to stay.

“They spring up every day.

It is like everybody wants to be in the hospitality business.

“But it is not easy.

Justice Akanbi spoke to Journalists at the Ilorin Golf Club on Saturday during the tee-off of Emirate Global Hotel Amateur Open Tournament 2024, sponsored by his hotel.

About 146 golfers were in Ilorin on Saturday north central Nigerian city for the championship.

The golfers arrived on Friday May 10, 2024, for a pre-tournament cocktail event and to familiarize themselves with the course before the competition in various categories.

The tournament kicked off in earnest at 6 am after an early morning shower which the golfer say makes the weather pleasant for the game.

The tournament is taking place at the 18 hole Ilorin Gulf Club.

Speaking on the sponsorship, Justice Akanbi promised that subsequent edition of the tournament will be bigger.

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