By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Former Gamji Gate, now renamed Splash Park Limited has opened for business with residents trooping in to express delight at the transformation recorded at the choice recreational facility.
A resident, Joyce Oseghale who was at the official opening ceremony with her family on Saturday, said she was amazed at the transformation recorded at the park.
“We came for the event because we heard of the excellent world class facilities put in place by the new management.
“We have been here before and compared to what it used to be, we like the changes and we will come back again,” she assured.
Her son, Victor Oseghale said with what he has seen, it is like what he admires from movies in developed countries.
“I like like what I am seeing, it is beautiful,” he added.
Another visitor to the park, Hajara Abubakar Toro said that she was out to relax in the environment which is relaxing and pleasing.
“I am pleased to be here to relax. The place in nice, unlike before, I was impressed when I stepped in here,” she said.
“Those who are not here are missing a lot,” she added.
When contacted to speak on the new developments, MD Splash Park Limited, Emmanuel Wenegieme said that Gamji Park as it was known, has been concessioner to Splash Parks Limited for a period of 25 years.
“Splash Park Limited, Swimming Pool Road, Kaduna, initially known as Gamji Park was concession to Splash Park Ltd and has been transformed to entertainment and relaxation centre.
“This is the second water park in the country, the only in Northern Nigeria. An amusement park that would wow the people. Anybody can come and share the same experience.
“As this opening ceremony, we have different local and international artistes, including Mayekun from Lagos and others who are here to thrill our audience.
Its a concession for 25 years and we want to say a big thank you to Kaduna State Government,” he said.
Speaking further, he explained several state-of-the-art facilities are now in place at the park.
“We have put much in place to make this arena a choice destination not only in Kaduna State, but the entire Northern Nigeria. Go Cart Arena, Movie theatre, Lazy River, Water House are part of them and there are further plans for a Wave Pool and Kamikaze Slides,” he said.
Wenedieme while speaking further, said that in terms of job creation, 30 staff have been employed, while several artisans benefitted and are still benefitting from earning of livelihood during the construction.
“Since we got here, we have employed a lot of people, about 30 people,” he said.
He predicted that in the next five years, the park will become a tourists delight that will generate income not only for Kaduna State, but the entire country.
“In the next five years, if you come in here, it would be a mini Dubai. You can come here and have birthday parties, end of year events and field trips for schools,” he said.
On the present potentials, he said that a lot is in place that meets the need of people of all ages.
“It’s a mid way point for all. There is an upper terrace restaurant and lounge. What we have done so far, there is a mini zoo and we have animals, we hope to add more. The theatre hall is to be constructed to cineplex,” he added.
In terms of security of visitors to the park, he assured that it is 100 per cent safe.
Also speaking, Executive Director Splash Park, Shuabu Mohammed Baiyee thanked the Kaduna State Government for concessioning Gamji Gate to Splash Parks Limited.
“Kaduna wasn’t the first state we approached with the idea, but His Excellency bought into it in his quest to develop and move Kaduna forward.
He commended the Kaduna State Govt, for the confidence reposed on them, ensuring that they would not be disappointed.
“Activities going on here today, include the commissioning of project and we have come a long way to get the project to where it is. It has not been easy, its an ongoing process, this is just phase one. We are hoping to conclude second phase in first quarter next,” he assured.