Ekiti State Governor, Dr Fayemi Kayode
The hospitality industry witnessed another boost with the three-star Midas hotel and suites berthing in Ekiti State. A welcome addition to Ekiti’s growing tourism corridor, this elegant and stylish accommodation will promote investment and economic growth in the state. OMOLOLA ITAYEMI writes
The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Fayemi Kayode commissioned Midas Hotel in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday 9 february, 2013 amidst pomp and pageantry. A spectacular ceremony no doubt as it fell on the same day as the governor’s birthday. As well as admiration for this edifice of comfort and elegance, the governor got accolades including a song for the ‘birthday boy’ at the event.
The hotel, a three-star affair, is the initiative of some investors that came together with that belief that Ado-Ekiti, the state capital with tourism attractions deserves a world class hotel where hospitality buyers can have access to services and products of international standards.
Located on Midas Avenue, beside Ayemi Garage, Opopogboro, Ado-Ifaki Road, almost 270 metres off the main road, the inauguration of the hotel marked a watershed in the economic advancement of Ado-Ekiti judging from distinguished Nigerians (both indigenes and non-indigenes alike) that attended the event. From royalty to captains of industries to the well-heeled of the society, everybody was in attendance and quite early too.
Convenient for business and leisure, with its service standards tailored to the international discerning travelers who value comfort, style and consistency in services, it’s a posh hangout in a rural community. The hotel offers the very latest technology with an elegant flair in its combination of 53 luxury rooms and suites, ranging from deluxe to presidential suites. 46 standard rooms, 6 business suites (with fittings designed for the business traveler) and a presidential suite of four bedrooms with bespoke furnishings and services.
The facilities in each of these 46 rooms are exquisite, luxurious, posh and cozy, all opened by an infra ray card that turns all electric appliances fitted with Plasma LCD TV, safe boxes for the keeping of precious items, therapeutic mattresses and bathrooms fitted with operational Jacuzzi.
The beautiful interlocking bricks used to plait the ground and drainage are pointers to the fact that those behind the hotel are men of taste and value, and this reflected copiously in all the fixtures and fittings in the outfit.
Its see-through fence with Victorian-era wrought iron fence boasts of ample parking space for over 100 cars and security is not lagging behind h ere either. Conspicuously mounted is the Dome Camera, a security gadget that rotates at 360 degrees, captures and monitors whatever and whoever moves or traverses the hotel environment. This gadget, also connected to 20 other close circuit cameras hidden within the premise is not serving the hotel and ensuring the safety of buyers alone, but also covering over 350 metres radius, thus monitoring its environs hoodlums and pilferers.
A converging point of sleek interior and exteriors, Midas Hotel and Suites boasts Italian marble-tiled floor, dazzling chandeliers, the LED television sets and coin-operated massaging chairs.
Other significant amenities include well-stocked gymnasium, indoor swimming pool buffeted by a cozy bar. The well apportioned restaurant is spacious and elegantly set with two chefs who are experts in local and intercontinental cuisines and a well-stocked bar
High powered generating sets supply constant electricity and water treatment plants ensure guests use well-treated water.
Immediately after the arrival of the governor and his wife, Kayode and Bisi Fayemi the inauguration of the hotel commenced.
Mr Oscar Ayeleso, Director General of Ekiti State Enterprise Development Agency, in his goodwill message, described the establishment of the hotel as “an indication of economic growth of Ekiti State which is predicated on the conducive economic atmosphere created by the present administration in the state. And knowing full well that business thrives in a conducive environment, the echelon of comfort is guaranteed by the establishment of this 3-star hotel which will surely promote investment and economic growth in the state, which is one of the governor’s 8 point agenda . While I’m congratulating the management and staff of the hotel, I want to assure it of the government’s readiness to continue to support them and other investors in the promotion of business in Ekiti State”.
If the Director General of Ekiti State Enterprise was excited, the Ayemi Garage Community where the hotel is domiciled were elated and described it as the harbinger of a better life. Represented by elders of the community who described the entry of the hotel into the community as a wonderful blessing, they further presented a gift of gratitude to the management of the hotel as a sign of their appreciation. ‘’The management has been able to construct the hitherto bad road on the street, blessed us with street lights, transformer to boost our electricity supply and security patrol at night, all these are basic amenities which we didn’t have access to before now,’’ the head of the delegation said.
The governor in his speech enumerated the steps taken so far in making the state attractive for investors, adding that he was happy that these steps had yielded good results, having commissioned about four brand new hotels within the last two years.
He was elated about the investment profile and status reached so far in the state in the hospitality sector. He said, “I can confirm that in the hospitality segment alone, this state has witnessed investment in the region of about 3 billion naira in the last two years. In the last two years, we have commissioned three other hotels and this is another one, I know that very soon, another big one will be inaugurated. Investment indicators have confirmed that business succeeds in a conducive environment where we do not just lay our heads just anywhere after a rigorous day at work but also have some level of comfort and hospitality facilities”.
He disclosed that his government established the Ekiti Enterprise Development Agency in its quest to cultivate and lure investors to the state. He said further that the agency had actually sought out partners and supported them with a range of governmental activities, particularly on infrastructures and other incentives.
“It is our duty and our commitment to continue to support those who want to expand in all sectors by working with them to provide additional facilities in the state. And we are not doing that as a favour to investors. We see it rather as a duty to our state and ourselves. We have tagged this year, a year of empowerment and consolidation.
I will like to assure the management of Midas Hotel of the full co-operation of the state government in fulfilment of our deliberate policy of promoting trade and investment in the state by providing a very favourable condition for gentle investors.’’