Udeme Ufot heads board of Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort

A seven-member board has been inaugurated to oversee the affairs of the Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, with Mr. Udeme Ufot, MFR as Chairman.

Inaugurating the board on behalf of the Akwa Ibom State Governor—His Excellency Governor Udom Emmanuel, on Thursday, 31st December 2020 at the Government House Uyo, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem—Secretary to the state government charged members of the board to ensure that the hotel meets the aspirations of the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State in terms of optimal performance and revenue generation. He further stressed the need for the board and management to work in synergy in order to achieve optimal productivity; urging the board members not to attempt usurping management functions.

Dr. Ekuwem expressed his confidence that members of the board would bring their wealth of experience in the discharge of their duties to management by providing effective guidance and leadership towards ensuring quality services which will attract patronage and also generate revenue for the state.

Speaking on the appointment of Udeme as Chairman, Dr. Ekuwem said: “There could be no better choice of Chairman for the hotel than Udeme Ufot who is a distinguished professional and businessman; recognized nationally and internationally as a marketing communications professional of repute. He brings to the assignment a triple value of passion for the hotel, understanding of the industry and professional marketing savvy. He would also be the perfect bridge between the hotel management and the state government. The Governor therefore expects the very best from him.”

It would be recalled that Icon Hotels and Resorts Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of Icon Hotel Group Africa (IHGA), a pan-African hospitality giant, was recently appointed to turn around the fortunes of the hotel.

Mr. Udeme Ufot, the newly appointed Chairman expressed his gratitude to Governor Udom Emmanuel for the privilege to serve the state and the confidence reposed in him and the members of the board. He pledged to make the facility the most attractive destination in West Africa for meetings, incentives, conferences and entertainment, stressing that the facility was one of a kind in West Africa.

“Let me thank His Excellency the Governor for the honor and privilege given to us to superintend over this prime asset of Akwa Ibom people. It is truly a unique opportunity and a great call to duty. One of the things I want to promise His Excellency is that this board will ensure that this common asset of Akwa Ibom people becomes the most attractive business and leisure destination in West Africa, and indeed Africa. That is the challenge we would set for ourselves. The Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort has tremendous potential and it will be our mandate to fully realize that potential,” Ufot stated.

He further assured that members of the board would work assiduously to align with the government’s economic objectives in line with the governor’s Completion Agenda. He also assured that the board would align with governments economic aspirations of increasing the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.

Established in 2008, Icon Hotel Group is equipped with vastly invaluable wealth of experience garnered over the years of conceiving and managing leading hospitality projects in Africa, regally standing as a pioneer of true African-grown hospitality management business, charting the path in a hugely dynamic and fast-developing continent.

The Group has rapidly evolved as a powerhouse in the African Hospitality sector with operations in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, The Maldives, Benin, Congo Brazzaville, Burkina Faso and Togo among others. Providing end to end hospitality management solutions that spans from project conceptualization, execution, equipping, commissioning and Management.

With a strong footing in East Africa where its name strongly resonates in the hospitality industry, IHGA has in recent times made inroads into the West African sub-region with Nigeria and now fast establishing presence in Benin Republic, Senegal and Cameroon.




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