by crossriverwatch admin
The Calabar International Conference Center is not about the building but a long-term vision, which will serve as a catalyst that will drive the tourism initiative of the state and as well open up potentials in Tinapa.
Mr. Reginald Longdon, the Calabar International Conference Center Project Coordinator told newsmen in Calabar Tuesday during a facility tour of the project that the center which is expected to be completed and put to use in March, 2015 has a main auditorium with a sitting capacity for 5000 during conferences, workshops, seminars, and annual general meetings.
“We have flexible auditoriums with sitting capacity for 5000 and the main auditorium can seat 2000 at a time but the whole thing is not just about the building but the vision which will drive the tourism potentials of the state and also open up Tinapa”.
Longdon said the building has a challenging engineering solution with its top a sloping façade and will after completion stand the chance of winning many international solutions because its striking and spectacular. “This is a world class venue and we are not competing with any venue in Nigeria but renowned international conference venues in developed nations”.
He said the cost of constructing the center is shouldered by the Cross River State Government and will be linked to Tinapa through a monorail with 1.4 kilometers of rolling stock already available which will facilitate the easy and fast completion of the monorail. “Once the complex engineering work is completed, the prefabricated slabs will be fixed and the monorail constructed to link the Conference Center to Tinapa and shuttling between Tinapa and the Center will be just two minutes”
Longdon said the facility has four blocks A, B, C, and D and each has its unique function. “Some will be multipurpose halls, some meeting venue, while some will serve as open air venues for display of goods and products”.
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