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We’ll prioritise tourism for economic gains – Oyetola

Fisayo Akinduro,  Osogbo


Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has restated his administration’s commitment to prioritise tourism for huge economic gains and rapid development of the State.
This is also as the Governor disclosed plans by the administration to build a world-class museum and Cultural Centre in the State.
Oyetola assured that his government is fully aware of the abundant opportunities inherent in the preservation and promotion of the State’s heritage and tourism.
He said government is resolved to prioritise the tourism sector as one of the economic pillars to drive the State’s economy.
He described as huge the contributions of culture and tourism infrastructure to the economic development of the State and as a foreign exchange earner, adding that government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that such contributions are maximally harnessed.
The Governor, who spoke during the 2020 Olojo Festival held in the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, disclosed that the administration was already making stringent efforts to build a sustainable tourism industry in the State through collaboration with local and international partners, some of whom had indicated intentions to collaborate with the government, following the convocation of the Osun Economic and Investment Summit held in November last year.
Meanwhile, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi said the keys to receiving blessings and breakthrough from God are through fasting and prayers.
He disclosed this after returning from the seven days seclusion exercise he embarked upon as part of the activities marking this year’s Olojo festival (an annual traditional event in Ile-Ife).
Upon his appearance in the public after the seclusion period, the first class monarch was welcomed by a cheering crowd at his Oodua palace in Ile-Ife.
Briefing his subjects and other dignitaries on what he did while in seclusion, Ooni said he prayed for Ife sons and daughters, the Yoruba race and the entire humanity.
Describing his journey as a core spiritual exercise, the traditional ruler revealed that he fasted and prayed.
He said he went into spiritual journey and got to understand that the keys to receiving blessings and breakthrough from God are fasting and prayers.
On the ongoing Olojo festival, the Ooni urged participants to celebrate with caution and be mindful of the fact that COVID-19 has not been completely defeated.

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