Ogun To Boost IGR Through Tourism – Adeneye

Dayo Adeneye

The
Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye has
assured of a good working relationship between his Ministry and that of Culture
and Tourism in order to enhance the abundant resources available in the tourism
sector to boost the economy of the State.

This
assurance was given at the maiden edition of Miss Tourism Ogun, a contest put
together to showcase beauty and talent among students of Tertiary institutions
across the 20 Local Government Areas in the State, held in Ota, Ogun State.


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The
Commissioner pointed out that a merger of tourism and beauty pageantry would
foster socio-economic development of the State and also boost the entertainment
industry in the Country.
Adeneye
who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and
Strategy, Mr. Ibikunle Onasanya said it became imperative to start harnessing
the various tourism potentials across the State such as the famous Olumo Rock,
Igbo Lisabi in Abeokuta, Bilikisu Sugbo Shrine, Yemoji natural Swimming Pool in
Ijebu Ode without leaving out Oroona in Ilaro and Osuuru Spring in Imeko among
other cultural and traditional sites through which eco-tourism can thrive.
 “Concerted efforts have been put in place by
the present administration through the rehabilitation of our tourist centres
spread across the three senatorial districts in order to attract foreign
investors to the State.The Ministry of Information and Strategy will therefore
begin collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to improve the
various potentials in the area of culture and tourism to increase Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) and number of visitors to the State.” He remarked.
Speaking
in the same vein, the Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bashorun
Muyiwa Oladipo stressed that Ogun State is blessed with various talents as well
as endowed with mineral resources, which if maximally harnessed would boost the
socio – economic resources of the State.
Oladipo
also commended the organisers of the event and assured of the State
Government’s readiness to boost, sustain and promote tourism which is fast
becoming a major investment opportunity all over the world.
Highpoint
of the event was the beauty and intellectual competition among the 20
contestants selected across the 20 Local Government areas of the State.
At
the end of the keenly contested show, the first runner – up of the contest was
Miss Adeola Adefuye who represented Ifo Local Government, while the second
runner –up was Miss Damilola Damson from Iperu.
The
overall winner of Miss Tourism Ogun 2015 was Miss Ayoola Akinlawon from Ilaro,
Yewa South Local Government area of the State.
In
his key note address, the organiser of the event, Mr. Oladapo Olalekan
appreciated the State Government for its contribution towards the successful
hosting of the first edition of the event.

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