The Director-General of the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to create a separate Tourism and Culture ministry.
Ojo-Lanre made the call on Tuesday while receiving the award of Distinctive Leadership and Resilient in Travel and Tourism Journalist of the Year 2018 of The Tourism Transport Summit and Expo 2019 at the International Conference Center, Abuja, organized by the Institute for Tourism Practitioners.
Currently, Nigeria has a Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture but according to Ojo-Lanre, countries that thrive in tourism have a separate ministry for tourism.
His words: “There is no doubt that the landscape of Nigeria is dotted with innumerable and enviable tourism potentialities, which if harnessed, would make the country the cynosure of all eyes, create wealth for her people and infuse unity among the people.
“There is a dire need to create a separate ministry for Culture and Tourism to fast-track this, hence I humbly enjoin President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the creation of a separate ministry for Culture and Tourism, which, no doubt would propel the practical development of the money-spinning tourism industry in Nigerian, which is part of the President’s plan to diversify the nation’s economy.”
While commending the ITP president, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, for the tenacity of purpose, Ojo-Lanre urged the institute and other tourism practitioners to support President Buhari, to whom he dedicated his award, in the creation of a separate Culture and Tourism ministry.
The Ekiti Council for Arts and Culture boss described Ekiti as a paragon of arts and culture and hailed the determination of Governor Kayode Fayemi to explore the art, culture and tourism industries in the state to better the of the state and its people.
“Governor Fayemi is fully aware of the viability of arts, culture, and tourism in creating wealth and employment, and fostering unity among the people of any society who explore the money-spinny sector, hence he has set the needed machineries in place to make Ekiti State a model in the arts, culture and tourism for other states in Nigeria,” he said.