•As Jubilee Chalet, a tourism haven is born in Epe
BY OSA AMADI
Epe, an ancient town located within the Lagos East Senatorial District is endowed with rich history and huge economic and tourism potentials dating back to the colonial era in Nigeria.
Part of its rich history are historic landmarks, including the first ever post-office in Nigeria, the second oldest sea port in Nigeria, the second police station in the country, the first comprehensive college in Lagos state, among others.
Epe over the years has also maintained its natural endowment. However, the full potentials of the coastal community had in the past decade remained untapped and largely unexploited.
But in the last two years, the once sleepy town is buzzing and bubbling again. Since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode assumed office on May 29, 2015, Epe, like many others communities in the State, has gotten attention from the development strides of the government.
From road rehabilitation and construction to upgrade of healthcare facilities as well as the Light-Up Lagos initiative, Epe is fast becoming the new construction site.
There is also the ongoing massive Lagoon reclamation under the Epe Marina project which is fashioned after the Dubai Marina, whose primary goal is to facilitate the development of the area and give quantum leaps to the tourism potentials of the state.
Still, Ambode says the infrastructural renewal drive currently ongoing in Epe has only but started. With the series of ongoing projects, Epe is fast emerging as the new haven for investors and tourists alike.
With its proximity to Lekki, where the Free Trade Zone housing the ongoing Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Projects, the Lekki Deep Sea Port and the Lekki International Airport, among other multifaceted projects, the corridor is set to welcome thousands of visitors for business and pleasure and on the long run, portends greater prosperity for Epe residents and its environs.
To key into these developments in Epe, the Jubilee Chalet, a cozy resort built in a serene lagoon view and secured environment for guests from the hustle and bustle of the Lagos metropolis has been constructed in Epe.
The facility which used to be a reserved VIP Chalet hosting government functions, was before now, in a state of total neglect, but it has since been transformed by the Governor Ambode’s administration to a modern tourist destination offering a unique experience for relaxation, meetings, events, etc.
Sitting on a vast area of land in the heart of the community, the Jubilee Chalet presents a perfect blend of comfort and relaxation in a natural habitat made to meet up with international standards.
The facility built by the State Government has a 72-room capacity with four executive suites, an ultra-modern conference hall, and a large meeting room that can sit more than 100 guests as well as a modern restaurant. It also boasts of a standard swimming pool, Tennis Court, football field, gymnasium, a bar and a party area.