Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has barred government
officials from seeking accommodation at the Obudu Mountain Resort
during the yearly mountain race.
Imoke's order was informed by the huge number of government officials
that had occupied virtually all the rooms at the resort to the
detriment of tourists who would have wished to be part of the event.
The governor gave this order at an interactive session with
journalists to mark the end of the ninth edition of Obudu Mountain
Race 2013 and the fifth African Nations Mountain Running Championship.
He said the decision was imperative to enable tourists to have access
to the championship instead of huge number of government officials,
who are accommodated within the resort.
"I do not mind getting accommodated at Obudu town or nearby Ogoja to
enable tourists, from within and outside the country, to be
accommodated in the resort," he said.
The governor explained that the championship had made tremendous
social and economic impact and had created value for the young ones.