By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Chairman House Committee on Culture and Tourism in Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Isiaka Kazeem has said the state government can improve and boost the internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state by harnessing and tapping into tourism and cultural potentials in the state.
The lawmaker who represents Oyo East/West state constituency on the platform of All progressive Congress (APC) in the Assembly said it was high time government looked into this sector with a view to improving the economy of the state.
Hon Kazeem made the point in an interview with Western Post News in Ibadan, saying government need to resuscitate and sustain the fading and dying tourism and cultural values across the from going into extinction.
According to him, the state government can turn around the fortune of the state by tapping into tourism and cultural sector adding that Oyo is most blessed with tourism and cultural potentials.
“Culture and Tourism development has not been very encouraging in the state as many of our tourist sites and cultural monuments are fast going into extinction due duty neglect by government and some stake holders.
“Oyo has over 80 percent culture and tourism potentials untapped in the state while many which need to be resuscitated are dying by the day. For instance, the Ikere Goerge Dam, suspended lake in Ado Awaye, the Ibadan Cultural Centre and many other sites across the state are begging for government attention, if government can revisit the sector with a view of turning them around will improve the IGR of the state”
The lawmaker said his committee is working hard to ensure that the sector get adequate and prompt attention from government in order to bring the sector back to function properly.
He explained that the cultural aspect like Ifa, Oro festival and other traditional aspect of our culture if well managed can attract foreign countries like Brazil and others and as well generate income to the state.
Hon Kazeem said his committee is also working on measures to ensure that ethical values of culture and tourism are observed in schools such that it these subject will form parts of curriculum in primary and secondary schools in the state.
“There must be a way of inculcating and bring back culture and tourism activities in our primary and secondary schools, this will help to sustain and improve on this sector.
“In the olden days, these were part of the system, but the story has changed today.
our young ones are not familiar with our culture and heritage, that’s the reason the committee is intensifying efforts to work on the development, it will help them to know our cultural value and heritage, the promote the Yoruba race.”
Hon. Kazeem called on government at all levels and stakeholders in the sector to rise to the challenge and find a lasting solution to the sector.