Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
As part of its efforts to boost tourism, Osun Government has pledged to develop Kiriji War Site in Imesi Ile, in order to make it become a tourist destination.
Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Obawale Adebisi, who spoke on behalf of Governor, Gboyega Oyetola disclosed this at the year 2020 World Tourism Day tagged “Tourism and Rural Development” held at the Kiriji Peace Treaty site in Imesi Ile.
He maintained that, Kiriji War Site is a World Heritage site which people from all over the world would like to visit after it must have been fully developed, adding that the electrification and tarring of the road of the site has been included in the year 2021 fiscal budget.
He equally added that investors have inspected the site at Obokun Local Government Area and are ready to partner with the State Government in developing it.
While appreciating the residents of Imesi Ile, Obawale thanked them for being proactive in ensuring that the site becomes a limelight to the entire Yorubas across the globe.
He urged them to be more accommodating and show love to tourists that will be visiting the site after its completion.
Speaking, President, Yoruba Peace Treaty Site Association, Kiriji, who also doubles as the Otun Owa Ooye of Imesi Ile, Barr. Ojo Williams, appreciated the people of Imesi Ile and the State Government for taking a bold step to see that Kiriji War Site does not become a forgotten issue in the history of Yoruba land.
He therefore urged Government to do more in ensuring speedy development of the tourist site.
In his lecture, President, Osun Tourism Stakeholders Association, Captain Emmanuel Oluwatobi explained that, tourism can be used to develop rural communities in the State and turn them to markets which people from the nooks and crannies of the world will be frequenting.