The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that efforts are in top gear to harness the potentials of the state’s tourism sector towards successful implementation of his “Building Our Future Together” agenda in the State agenda.
The Governor made this known during the celebration of the 42nd edition of World Tourism Day, with the theme: “Tourism and Jobs: A Better Future for All,” held in Abeokuta.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, stated that apart from the fact that the State owns interesting artifacts and historic sites, the numerous and long-lasting tourist centres and businesses across the State have continued to contribute immensely to the economy of our State, adding that since the inception of his administration, structures have been put in place to support tourist activities.
He added that his administration was committed to developing all sectors of the economy and support all enterprises that have a positive impact on the socio-economic of the state, saying that tourism was an imperative pillar in good governance.
“Arrangements are in top gear for a partnership between our State and a special purpose vehicle organization of banker’s committee to establish entertainment village in the State. And it will first of it kind in whole Africa”, Abiodun said
In her speech, wife of the State Governor and the Special Guest of Honour, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun said tourism needs to be given a special priority, being a source of revenue in the country and a means of employment generation, enjoining youths to key into job opportunities inherent in the tourism sector.
Chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Yusuff Adejojo disclosed that the State and Country was endowed with numerous tourism potentials, noting that if given much attention and prominence, it would go a long way in tackling the problem of unemployment in the State and Country at large.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Alhaja Selimot Ottun, stated that the essence of the World Tourism Day was to support changes in policy, business practices and tourism behavior towards attaining a more sustainable tourism and hospitality sector.
She added that the role of tourism in job was often undervalued irrespective of the fact that it generates 10 percent of world jobs as included in a sustainable goal for it’s potential to create decent jobs.