The Kwara State Government has again restated its commitment towards promoting the State tourist sites with a view to making Kwara State a tourist destination in the world.
The State Commissioner for Communications,
Hon. Abosede Olaitan Buraimoh stated this in Ilorin during the commemoration of the World Tourism Day, celebrated every 27th of September with this year’s theme as “Tourism & Inclusive Growth”.
The Commissioner noted that the Kwara State Government has passion for tourism, hence the need for huge investment in the industry aimed at promoting and developing the tourist attraction centres in the State.
Hon. Buraimoh mentioned Owu falls, Patigi Regatta Motel, Esie Museum as some the tourist attractions in the State, assuring that the present administration would continue to promote cultural heritage especially through the ongoing Visual Art Centre which if completed will be one of its kind in West Africa.
She explained that Covid-19 pandemic has really reduced the extent to which people visit tourist centres to avoid contracting the virus, saying that things will soon become normal.
The Commissioner commended the Association of Hotel Owners in Kwara State for the beautiful gift, maintaining that the signage would really communicate a lot to youths, especially, on the negative effects of drug abuse.
In her remark, the General Manager, Kwara State Hospitality and Tourism Development, Mrs. Oniyetan Bolaji, said that the theme for year 2021 World Tourism Day signifies that tourism has the power to include all categories of people.
Also speaking, the State Commander of NDLEA, Kwara State Command, Ambrose Umaru advised the Association of Hotel Owners in Kwara State
to intensify its efforts at enlightening the public about the danger of drug abuse and drug trafficking.
“We had the meeting with the Association of the Hotel Owners to look at the areas where it can come in to enlighten its members and the public in Kwara State about the danger of drug abuse and they said they are going to start work immediately and they are able to come up with this billboard which is carrying anti-drug abuse message for everybody that passes through this road to read and be reminded about the danger of drug abuse in our society”.
He thanked the State Government for promoting tourism, saying that with investment in tourism, the State would be peaceful for livelihoods.