Mr Olu Omaghomi, an enterprenuer and the developer of the Gelegele Beach, in Ovia North East Local Governement Area of Edo, said when completed, no fewer than 5000 direct and indirect jobs would be created.
Omaghomi stated this in Benin on Sunday when speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the reason for embarking on the ambitious project.
He said aside creating jobs, the beach is meant to expose the tourism potential of the state to the outside world.
He said the Gelegele beach, which will be the first beach in the entire state, would cost N69 million and would open up economic activities of nine communities in the area and by extension, the state.
The developer, who said no less than N11 million had already been expanded on the project, however, said support, in form of collaboration was needed to fast track the completion of the project.
According to him, “For now, I am solely responsible for the amount of work that has been spent here, and i dare say that a lot has been achieved with much more still needed to be done.
“Basically, opening of the land, sand filling/dredging of the location has been done. The next line of action is to begin planting of trees, building of an artificial pool, floating boat, water bike and chalets.”
Omaghomi said when completed, the beach would have facilities such as floating bar, Golf court, Bush bars among others.
“Apart from the need to create jobs and expose the tourism potential of Gegegele to the world, it must be known also that the community is a historic one, it was through it that the British invaded Benin in 1897.
“This is in addition to the fact that Gelegele, an Ijaw community, has been abandoned by successive governments of Edo State.
Gelegele is also an oil producing community and home to the Gelegele forest reserve and marine activities; the Gelegele river links Lagos through the atlantic ocean,” he stated.