Osun Will Become Nigeria UAE – Oyetola

Osun Will Become Nigeria UAE – Oyetola

Governor Oyetola of Osun state has pledged his commitment to transform Osun state’s tourism to make the state the Nigeria United Arab Emirate.

The governor, while speaking at the official launch of Osun Tourism Master Plan codenamed Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Economy (CUTOSEC), unveiled his plans to put the state at the forefront of tourism center in Nigeria.

Oyetola disclosed that the master plan is focused on improving the potential in the culture and tourism sector for the development of the state.

He further added that the initiative involved a comprehensive template to expand the State’s economic diversification programme and improve its Internally Generated Revenue.

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“It is our resolve as a government to deploy these potential into maximum use and turn our dear State into the United Arab Emirate of Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking further, he said; “As tourism progressively raises its profile in national economic planning, there is a clear need to ensure that attention is paid to its long-term development potential.

“Such an approach demands comprehensive strategic planning for the industry’s future. As a government, we are keying into that by laying a solid foundation for better Nigerian Tourism.

“Our development plan for tourism involves two time horizons – the short and long terms. While Osun Sterling Tourism Vision (OSTOV) 30-30 is our short term agenda that we wish to achieve to lay a solid foundation for the perfect growth of tourism in the State, the Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Economy (CUTOSEC) is the long-term plan that will build on the achievements of Osun Sterling Tourism Vision 30-30 for permanent development of tourism.

“All our efforts today are to bring investors to this State for a mutually-beneficial engagement. Given its importance, the State has produced investment manual, developed a unique tourism investment model and published available investment opportunities in our sites like Olumirin Waterfall, Ayikunnugba Waterfall, Owala rivers, Kiriji war sites and other viable opportunities as part of the Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Economy documents.

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“It is our resolve to develop a home-grown Public Private Partnerships Investment Model that will take care of the immediate needs of the stakeholders and pledge a promising future for the participants.

“Our model addresses the key issues of land, reward system, tax matters, etc., and provides the basis of relationship with communities, employment and social responsibility to the community. We are open for negotiations on our offer,” he added.

Furthermore, the governor revealed his plans to develop the agri-tourism part of the state’s economy and create jọ for opportunities and new business.

According to him, the development of agri-tourism would assist the government in its resolve to support the citizens, particularly the youth through promotion of training and certification programmes and introduction of young people to agriculture and environment.

Present at the event is the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, represented by the DG/CEO Centre for Blacks and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Hon. Oluwabunmi Ayobami Amao, among other dignitaries.

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