With dwindling revenue from the oil sector and ultimate fluctuations in monthly allocation of funds from the federation account to states, Ondo State has turned attention to the tourism and entertainment sector, for funds to boost its internally generated revenue.
Speaking at a recent visit to Lacanpagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Lekki, Lagos, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said, “What we are set to do is that we want to really change the face of the state. We want tourism to be one of the key IGR in the state. It is better for us to invest in tourism and get more of our youths and people involved “.
“In about six months, we must transform the Araromi seaside and immediately go to Idanre. We will still have Mare and develop Idanre hills too. The Igogo festival, the Oke Maria, we can build tourism around them. We spoke about Igogo festival and we want it to be akin to the Brazilian festival”.
“The Omi Eja in Alagbaka, Akure, we target developing the place with “Ile ‘rigi” (House on the Tree). We want hope for our people. We need to look at this. We are talking about unity. The various names you see here are bringing unity. The Araromi beach won’t be for Ondo state alone. It is for the whole world. We must rebirth now and recreate the concept here. Everything is woven around African culture. We have to export African African culture and move on to prosperity “.
The Ondo State Chief Executive was conducted round the resort by its President, an indigene of the state, Ondo city to be precise, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye.
He spoke passionately about the planned impact of tourism to his administration and future of the state, noting that he and his team have been concerned about the development of tourism in the state in the last four years.