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Edo targets N2tr from tourism as Obaseki launches master plan

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
28 September 2022   |   3:47 am
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, launched Edo State tourism master plan, designed to make the state the choice destination among global tourists.

Obaseki. Photo/facebook/godwinobasekiofficial

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, launched Edo State tourism master plan, designed to make the state the choice destination among global tourists.

With the master plan, the state plans to generate N2 trillion in the next 10 years from the sector. Obaseki, who received the master plan from members of the state’s tourism steering committee at the Government House, Benin City, urged stakeholders to complement government’s efforts at leveraging its rich cultural heritage in boosting its tourism receipts

The governor, represented his deputy, Philip Shaibu, said the government was rethinking tourism to reposition the sector to contribute adequately to the state’s economic growth and development.

He said: “Today, we present the Edo State Tourism Master plan to you. We have departed from oil as we are diversifying our economy. Tourism is one of the sectors we are paying critical attention to change the face of the state in terms of infrastructure and revenue generation.

“We are leveraging our heritage, which is unique to us. Our artefacts are scattered all around the world. Edo is a home of sports. We are bringing back sports to encourage tourism in the state. We have created a business-friendly environment and provided infrastructure and security.

“We have a rich cultural heritage and we are going to take advantage of what we have to boost the tourism sector so as to grow our revenue. We urge our stakeholders in the hospitality business to join hands with the government, as it’s a win-win situation for us. We are enjoining them to take advantage of the emerging economy.”

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