All Progressive Congress Governorship candidate, Benue state, Dr. Jeffrey Kuraun outlined business model behind night-time economy as a viable policy for development in the state.
In a statement Dr. Kuraun stated that, “We will utilize our water resources to develop a night-time economy. We will dredge the River Benue to prevent/avoid frequent flooding, enable navigation and promote inland water transportation to serve as a viable alternative or addition to road transport”.
Kuraun declared that his passion to drive a positive change in Benue state would make a positive difference. “Inland water transportation is environmentally friendly and will be the most economical mode of inland transport in Benue. We will establish Benue River Maintenance Agency (BRMA) for upkeep, care and sustenance of River Benue and its tributaries” he said.
He noted that collectively, will also construct waterfront facilities for entertainment, dining, nightlife, leisure/recreation, arts, music, theatre, festivals, events and tourist attractions including shopping malls and hotels for accommodation to earn revenue, promote tourism, create jobs and ensure our towns and cities become safer, vibrant and more attractive at night.
“Some of the proposed tourist attractions that can be developed through public and private sector collaboration and will be the first of its kind in Nigeria include: Makurdi Waterpark (family amusement park), Makurdi Musical Water Fountain (dancing fountain), Makurdi Boat Cruise (sailing near the Benue river bank aimlessly for fun) and Makurdi Eye (state capital observation wheel)” he added.