BEVERLY HILLS, April 28, (THEWILL) – Hope has risen for the multi-billion 4Point by Sheraton Hotel in Akot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, as it has been scheduled to commence operations before the end of 2021.
According to the state government, the 146-room edifice, whose construction started in 2013 under the then Government of Dr. Godswill Akpabio before his exit in 2015, was 97 percent completed and was expected to commence operations soon.
The expansive 12-floor edifice, which was commissioned in an elaborate ceremony, came under heavy criticism as a failed project because it was yet to commence operations more than five years after it was inaugurated.
Officials of the state government said the hotel was not technically completed before commissioning as most of its facilities failed to meet the standards and specifications of the hotel managers, Starwood Group, whose franchise was later taken over by Marriott.
Director of Projects in the state Ministry of Special Duties, Engr Ephraim Udosen told correspondents who visited the hotel to ascertain the progress and schedule of work that the current administration has made additions and carried out modifications and upgrades in more than 50 key facilities and areas to meet the standards of the hotel managers who have also opened their recruitment portal to demonstrate their readiness to commence operation this year.
Owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government, the hotel became Starwood’s 10th hotel in Nigeria and its second hotel in Akwa Ibom after Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort.
Udosen said the hotel has become one of the most technologically advanced in the country after several facilities were added and modifications and upgrades carried out in several of its facilities, including the power installations, water treatment process, fire suppression and fighting systems, cooling system and ICT, in line with the requirements of the hotel manager