Imo’s Future Predicated on Tourism, Hospitality, Says Ihedioha

  • Tasks newly inaugurated Tourism Board to revive sector

Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has again disclosed that the future of Imo State is predicated on tourism and hospitality.

This is as he also stated that the state should henceforth accord priority to allocation of lands for development and economic purpose.

According to Chibuike Onyeukwu, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ihedioha disclosed this when he inaugurated the Imo State Tourism Board at the Sam Mbakwe Expanded Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Owerri on Wednesday.

He noted that tourism remains the driving force that will boost economic development of Imo State.

“Imo State has the capacity to take the lead in the tourism sector in the country.  We can make a fortune from this sector and rake in N3 billion monthly to our Internal Generated Revenue, IGR, from the tourism sector alone.

“Our vision is to boost tourism in the State, develop an entertainment city and turn Imo State into a tourism destination. We have the potentials, therefore we can achieve it.”

He called on members of the Board to explore the sector and give considerable attention to the abundant human resources and tourism potentials in the State.

Ihedioha noted that his administration is committed to supporting willing investors particularly those who intend to invest in the tourism sector, by providing land and the enabling environment.

“We are ready to work and support those who have ideas to develop our State. We will continue to utilise our potentials to ensure we make appreciable impact in developing our dear State in the next two years.

While expressing optimism in the ability of the members of the Board to live up to his charge, he tasked them to strive to make Imo State number one tourist destination in the country.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Board, Charles Anudo, on behalf of the members, expressed hope to ensuring the development of the sector to become a major revenue earner for the State.

“It is our hope that we shall impact the sector by attracting new investments with a view to creating jobs and actualize the governor’s mandate for the sector.”

He expressed gratitude to the governor for finding them worthy to undertake the task, assuring that, they will live up to expectations.

Members of the Board include; Mrs Ngozi Ngoka, DG/Secretary; Prof. ABC Duruaku; Chief CMC Onuoha; Paul Onwuanibe, and Chidi Okoro.

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