Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ogun To Boost IGR Through Tourism – Adeneye


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Dayo Adeneye

The Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye has assured of a good working relationship between his Ministry and that of Culture and Tourism in order to enhance the abundant resources available in the tourism sector to boost the economy of the State.

This assurance was given at the maiden edition of Miss Tourism Ogun, a contest put together to showcase beauty and talent among students of Tertiary institutions across the 20 Local Government Areas in the State, held in Ota, Ogun State.

The Commissioner pointed out that a merger of tourism and beauty pageantry would foster socio-economic development of the State and also boost the entertainment industry in the Country.
Adeneye who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Ibikunle Onasanya said it became imperative to start harnessing the various tourism potentials across the State such as the famous Olumo Rock, Igbo Lisabi in Abeokuta, Bilikisu Sugbo Shrine, Yemoji natural Swimming Pool in Ijebu Ode without leaving out Oroona in Ilaro and Osuuru Spring in Imeko among other cultural and traditional sites through which eco-tourism can thrive.
 “Concerted efforts have been put in place by the present administration through the rehabilitation of our tourist centres spread across the three senatorial districts in order to attract foreign investors to the State.The Ministry of Information and Strategy will therefore begin collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to improve the various potentials in the area of culture and tourism to increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and number of visitors to the State.” He remarked.
Speaking in the same vein, the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo stressed that Ogun State is blessed with various talents as well as endowed with mineral resources, which if maximally harnessed would boost the socio - economic resources of the State.
Oladipo also commended the organisers of the event and assured of the State Government’s readiness to boost, sustain and promote tourism which is fast becoming a major investment opportunity all over the world.
Highpoint of the event was the beauty and intellectual competition among the 20 contestants selected across the 20 Local Government areas of the State.
At the end of the keenly contested show, the first runner – up of the contest was Miss Adeola Adefuye who represented Ifo Local Government, while the second runner –up was Miss Damilola Damson from Iperu.
The overall winner of Miss Tourism Ogun 2015 was Miss Ayoola Akinlawon from Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government area of the State.
In his key note address, the organiser of the event, Mr. Oladapo Olalekan appreciated the State Government for its contribution towards the successful hosting of the first edition of the event.

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