Organizers of local festivals and traditional events in Ekiti state have been urged to put in place mechanism that will checkmate any form of violent acts during their events
The state Director General Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre stated this while receiving leaders of Ijo Olorisa Agbaye led by Oba Dr. Asiwaju Jamiu Adewale Eletu Oba Risa Ati Ijo Olorisa Parapo Ati Asa Ile Adulawo Agbaye worldwide in his office.
Ojo Lanre said the state government would not encourage any form of violent, adding that any community or people involved in such act would be sanctioned.
The DG maintained that people should see festival as an avenue to promote peace, economic development and unity and not violence or fan embers of division among the people
‘Local and foreign tourists would not come to event where violence take place and the government won’t be pleased with any community where such happens.”
Oba Dr Asiwaju Jamiu Adewale Eletu in his response said that their organization is not a violent organization but a peace-loving and development council of Orisa worshippers.
He revealed that the council would organise Ifa festival in August and thus seeking collaboration with Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture for a successful events
Tourism: DAWN Commission lauds Fayemi’s developmental vision, promises support
The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission, DAWN Commission has commended Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state for his vision to strategically reposition the state as a foremost investment, culture and tourism hub.
DAWN Commission through its Director-General, Mr Seye Oyeleye, also described the Ekiti state helmsman as a governor who possesses a solid robust sense of governance and cosmopolitan developmental vision.
Oyeleye made this observation while hosting Ambassador Wale Ojo -Lanre, the Senior Special Assistant, Tourism Development to Ekiti State Governor who paid him a visit in his office, located in Cocoa House, Ibadan, Oyo State .
The DG, who commended Ambassador Ojo – Lanre for the visit said that he was not expecting less act from Ekiti because the state is being governed by a man who has a firm understanding of the essence of government, the need to govern well and the attitude of a philosopher ruler.
He disclosed that the Commission was inaugurated purposely to drive development in Western Nigeria and it will not steer off from its pristine objective and mission .
Speaking further, Oyeleye applauded the ex-Associate Editor of the Nigerian Tribune Newspapers, Ojo – Lanre for his proactiveness at espousing the tourism vision of Governor Fayemi and spreading its gospel to stakeholders who are strategic to the planting of a solid tourism economy in the state .
He assured that the Commission would not only support Ekiti Tourism Development but would facilitate both investment and investors for that sector in the state.
The DG, however reassured that the door of the Commission is opened to all for regional advancement and collective developmental issues .
In his remarks, Ambassador Ojo – Lanre, informed that his visit to DAWN Commission was propelled by the need to acquaint the Commission of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s tourism vision for Ekiti and the necessity for the Commission becoming a partner and a strong partaker of the vision.
The award-winning tourism journalist also pointed out that DAWN Commission has not only proven to all its capability and capacity of engendering and pathfinding developmental strides but also nurturing them to fruition and blossoming.
Ojo- Lanre noted that tourism development in a state cannot be localised bearing in mind that tourism is about luring of a mass of people to a destination and since DAWN Commission is of regional essence, it should be involved in the task of making Ekiti the destination of choice first for the people of South West and then to others.
The governor’s aide lauded DAWN Commission for being the furnace that minted the Amotekun Western Nigeria Security outfit which is effectively complementing the nation’s security agencies at ensuring that peace and security reign in South West.
Oyo: Neglect turns Agbele hill into garbage dump
Oyo state is blessed with several tourist sites with potential of generating millions in income and employment opportunities for the people.
Agbele hill situated along Ago Aare axis, Igbeti in Olorunsogo Local Government Area of Oyo state is one of the tourist sites.
Despite its intimidating and enviable potential, the unique Agbele-human-like-rock structure that welcomes visitors to the town of 16 hills -Igbeti appears to have been forgotten, as the tourist site suffers total neglect both from successive administrations and the present administration in the self acclaimed Pace setter state – Oyo.
While the tourist site is waiting to be officially recognized, developed and generate revenue, outlaws have turned the spot into a refuse dump site, and the surroundings endemic in the open defecation practice, putting children at risk of diarrhoea and other diseases and wreaking havoc in its landscape.
In a chat with our reporter, one of the residents, Mr Adebayo Tawheed said, “more and more refuse is being dumped here. The fence and gate awarded several years ago have been abandoned. Our foundation, a Non – Governmental was responsible for the cleaning in collaboration with secondary school students because this is our own heritage and the rock is very dear to us. It has become a recognisable symbol of not just Igbeti town, but Oke-Ogun and Oyo state”.
Due to the tourist site’s bleak state, Adebayo, therefore called on the state government to declare a state of emergency on the monument so as to prevent people from continued damage. The fascinating Agbele Rock with its delicate balance wore a physical representation which appears like a woman with a basket on her head and a child strapped to her back.
It was further learnt that this rock formation was formed when a woman stole some yam tubers from a rocky part of the village which was being dried in the sunlight. Surprisingly, like Lot’s wife in the holy Bible who became a pillar of salt after she looked back at Sodom, the woman also became a permanent fixture on the spot.
But unfortunately, the monument, which attracted first time visitors to Igbeti and that could have served as economic booster is now in ruin. Agbele Hill lives in the past glory, as the once great tourist centre is now nothing, but the shadow of itself due to total abandonment.
And the song on the lips of the people of the town housing the monument has since been, “government come to our aid”.
When will Agbele Hill’s prayers be answered?
Ekiti: Fayemi reappoints Ojo-Lanre as SSA tourism development
Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has appointed Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre as Senior Special Assistant, Tourism Development.
The Usi-Ekiti born international journalist, Ojo -Lanre was until his new portfolio, the Director-General of Ekiti State Council For Arts and Culture.
He revived the moribund Council, boosted the morale of the staff, while later translated to the conversion of the Council to the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
While holding sway as the Director-General of the Council, Ojo-Lanre initiated several developmental and sensitization programmes that enhanced the promotion of Arts and Culture in the state as well as the participation of the state’s cultural troupe in Arts and Cultural Festival at home and abroad.
It was during his tenure that the annual Ekiti State Cultural Festival (EKIFEST), was revived. The 2019 edition of the EKIFEST, was adjudged as one of the best events in the second coming of Governor Fayemi
Ojo-Lanre, an ex- Associate Editor of the Nigerian Tribune Newspapers, award-winning tourism journalist and a first-class tourism, travel and hospitality writer, holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in History from Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo State, a Masters degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the Premier University of Ibadan and LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from Lead City University, Ibadan.
The newly appointed Senior Special Assistant (Tourism Development) to Governor Fayemi, is expected to use his wealth of experience in tourism to contribute to the actualization of Fayemi’s dream on tourism as an economic tool for the development of the state.
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