Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has said that efforts are in top gear to harness the potentials of the state’s tourism sector towards the successful implementation of his administration “Building Our Future Together” 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 at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Represented by his Deputy, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, stated that, apart from the fact that the State owns interesting artefacts and historic sites, the numerous and long-lasting tourist centres and businesses across the State have continued to contribute immensely to the socio-economic of the State, adding that since the inception of his administration, structures have been put in place to support tourism activities.
Abiodun added that, his administration was committed to developing all sectors of the economy and support all enterprises that have positive impact on the economy, noting that tourism is an imperative pillar in good governance.
In her speech, wife of the State Governor and the Special Guest of Honour, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, said tourism should be enough given 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 were endowed with numerous potentials, which if given attention and prominence, it would go a long way at 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 behaviour towards attaining a more sustainable tourism and hospitality sector.