Ooni calls for development of domestic tourist centres
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has called for massive investment in the development of various tourists’ centres across the country, in order to generate employment and boost revenue.
The monarch made the call in his palace, in Ile-Ife, while receiving an investor from Ekiti State, who is also Chairman, Prosperous Group of Companies, Abiodun Isinkaiye.
He noted that the tourism sector has great potentials to lift up the economy at all levels, but regretted that the money-spinning venture has been neglected for long by the government and the private sector.
The monarch said the nation has no option, but to embrace the tourism industry to enhance its revenue, particularly now that the price of crude oil has crashed to a ridiculous level.
The Ooni, who is also investing in developing sites, which can attract tourists to his domain, said Nigeria was blessed with abundant places of interest, which tourists could visit for relaxation.
Ogunwusi said, “Many Nigerians travel outside the country to visit places which are not as rich as the ones we have in the country.”
He said he appreciated Isinkaiye’s investment interest to invest in his state, noting there was the need to spread development instead of concentrating in the big cities.