Gombe state government spent a whopping four billion naira on its new state-of-the-art International Conference Centre and they believe the edifice is worth the cash.

The government said on Friday in Gombe that the facility, which has a capacity to accommodate over 1,500 people and parking space for 400 cars, would open up the state to the international community.

The centre, constructed on Airport road, Gombe, is ready for use and is supposed to be one of the best in the country.

Conducting newsmen round the edifice on Friday, the site engineer, Mr Sylvanus Silas, said the centre had two wings, east and west.

Silas, a Deputy Director in the state Ministry of Housing, said the centre had three other halls that could accommodate between 500 and 150 people.

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“A parking space for more than 400 cars, banks, shops and other commercial activities have been provided.

“This is aimed at attracting people from within and outside the country to establish businesses in the state.”

To facilitate easy movement of goods and people, the state government has also constructed 248 roads to link various towns and villages with the state capital.

Junaidu Abubakar, Special Assistant to the State Governor, said that 25 of the roads had been dualised.

“Some of them are federal roads but due to their level of dilapidation, we resolved to reconstruct them to facilitate smooth movement of people and goods in the state.”

He, however, said government would request for refund from the Federal Government.

Other projects visited included Gombe State University of Science and Technology, State College of Education, Billiri; Government Science and Technical College, Gombe and Gombe Central Nursery and Primary School.