By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Government has advised the Federal Government to earmark huge resources to lift the states’ investment in the tourism sector and agriculture.
The government said the federal government has a lot of intervention funds that are available to farmers in different fields, saying such should be extended to develop vast Nigerian potentials in the tourism sector.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, said this on Tuesday during a tourism programme tagged ‘Hike Ekiti Mountain Safari’ under a concept called ‘Discover Ekiti’.
Addressing the tourists, Ojo-Lanre, called on government to place high premium on tourism as being done to oil and agriculture, describing this as the best option for Nigeria that was rated as the tourism hub of Africa.
The Senior Special Assistant, said the programme was a Public-Private initiative geared towards engaging the youth, assuring that the government of Govenor Kayode Fayemi was committed to widen the scope of tourism for revenue generation.
“This Hike Ekiti Mountain programme was an initiative of our youth. We have asked the young people to be developing ideas, the government is ready to fund such to empower our youth”.
The Commissioner for Arts and Culture, Prof Razaq Ojo-Bakare, applauded the initiative, saying it would go a long way in engaging the youth and curb their criminal tendencies.
The Commissioner added that Ekiti State is partnering private bodies, international organisations and countries to expand the frontiers of tourism development.
The Discover Ekiti Team Leader, Mr. Michael Peculiar, revealed that the programmed was conceptualized to redirect the youth to the path of sanity and turn them away from crime.
“This is going to be a continuous exercise, not one off thing. We will explore all tourism opportunities available to Ekiti to empower our youth and make them relevant economically”.