Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ooni of Ife advocates cultural tourism as alternative source of revenue

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has advocated for cultural tourism to serve as an alternative source of revenue in the face of the dwindling oil price and economic challenges facing the country.

Oba Adeyeye who spoke in Owo area of Ondo State said when properly accessed, it can be used to create wealth, empower the people and generate employment.

He pointed out that Nigeria is blessed with many tourist attraction which have been suffering from neglect.

According to him investing in this sector will further showcase the cultural heritage of the country to the world and will also boost the country's GDP.

"Tourism is an everlasting product that serves as alternative source of revenue and discourages over-dependence on perishable and exhaustible products like oil. It is, also, an alternative source of income.

"Cultural tourism is just to show case our heritage and our culture to the world. Our people depend so much on government for everything. 

"Private sector should take the first lead. Look at what happened here today. 100percent private sector. Let private sector comes in. 

"We have the most richest culture in the world , but the challenges is for the people to come and fact find our cultural heritage for us. 

"The major impediment is comfort, that is, where they would stay in the entire land. 

"All over the world, private sector is the engine room of any economy. So as a result, when private sector start, UNESCO and government can come to support. My believe is that we don't need to depend on government for everything. 

"If you go to South Africa, their economy is been driven by tourism, Gambia don't have crude oil, the entire France don't have crude oil and if you go to all the Caribbean island, they don't have crude oil and their GDP is even better than us in Nigeria that we have crude oil. 

"If we have more places like this , both in the North ,South, West and the East, people will be moving from one point to the other . 

"This will even boost our GDP rather than any little thing, we always travel out of the country to go and do the similar thing . Why should we do that?, let us encourage ourselves ."

The traditional ruler later visited the Deji of Akureland, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi  said his visit to Deji Akure is to preach on peace and unity among the Yoruba nation because it is the only guaranteed key to progress. 

   The monarch said the only way to progress in life is to be in unity and in love and he will continue to do this to bring all Obas in Yorubaland together as one family

On his part,  Oba Aladelusi  described the visit of Ooni of Ife to some paramount Yoruba Monarch to preach Unity and love as a welcome development that can bring Yoruba race together.