Governor Kayode Fayemi appreciates the importance of tourism to economic development, and this he has proven as governor of Ekiti State – during his first term and now as incumbent, his second term in office.
And so when his newly appointed Senior Special Assistant on Tourism Development – Wale Ojo-Lanre – visited the Ooni of Ife recently, he wasted no time to share some og Fayemi’s renewed stride in the tourism scheme of things.
In a statement signed by the palace’s Director, Media & Public Affairs — Comrade Moses Olafare – pointed that the Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi “is one of the biggest investors in the hospitality sector in Nigeria” and has embraced the tourism development vision of Governor Fayemi.
Ooni also promising that the ‘House of Oduduwa’ will reinforce and fully support the governor toward the advancement of the Ekiti people using tourism as veritable tool for economic growth.
While speaking, Ojo-Lanre acknowledged Ooni Ogunwusi’s efforts in promoting and developing domestic tourism in Yorubaland and Ile-Ife particularly.
“He disclosed that Governor Fayemi’s tourism vision is predicated on pro-people, pro- empowerment, pro-development, pro – employment creation and pro – wealth stimulation for the government and the ordinary people of Ekiti which the Ooni has injected into Osun State,” the statement added.
“Ambassador Ojo-Lanre revealed that Governor Fayemi had during his first term raised the banner of tourism development in Ekiti State beyond expectation by the creation of an Eldorado out of the hitherto neglected Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort; enhancement of Arinta Waterfall, Ipole Iloro; processing Ogun Grove for UNESCO World Heritage Site; declaration of Efon – Ipole – Ikogosi – Erinjiyan – Ilawe as Ekiti Tourism Corridor; Enhancement of the Entry Posts of Ekiti State; and Ero Dam Waterfront Tourism Resort.”
All these projects, the statement pointed out, suffered odious neglect at the hand of the immediate past administration which has no interest in the sector
He pointed out that the parlous state of these sites and the fact that Governor Fayemi is a cosmopolitan person who understands the import of a thriving tourism sector is what is driving his push to revive the sector for sustainable productivity and vibrancy that will ensure continuity.
“The African foremost monarch who prayed for Ambassador Ojo – Lanre to succeed in his new assignment lauded him for his passion at enduring that tourism is given its needed attention by the Federal Government, describing Governor Fayemi as a philosopher leader who thinks, acts and responds to issues with the calmness of divinity, as an asset to the nation and the world
“Ooni, the Spiritual Leader of the entire Oduduwa Race worldwide declared that he would not only support the development of the tourism assets of Ekiti state but would also visit some of the sites. He revealed that he has the vision and mission to add value to 50 cultural- tourism sites in Yoruba land.”