After a year plus as the Director-General, Ekiti State Cuncil for Arts and Culture with series of landmark achievements to lay claims to, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre has said that his recent appointment as Senior Special Assistant on Tourism Development to Governor Kayode Fayemi is a springboard for tourism development and promotion in the State.
Ojo-Lanre in a brief chat with Travelpulse&MICE spoke with great optimism that his appoinment is a new dawn for tourism redefinition in Ekiti State. According to him, “Tourism as one of the core sectors of every nation is an economy booster and in Ekiti State, I am proud to say we have all the paraphenalia to make it a sustaining sector for the state economy.
“With the practical vision of Governor Fayemi to reposition tourism in the state, I am optimistic that his unalloyed interest and support for the sector will open new avenue for investment opportunities.
“Also the new placement and appointment will gear a platform for creative ideas that will see to a productive and vabrant tourism sector.
“My appointment as SSA to Governor on Tourism Development is a call to higher service to the state and I will use all professional and travel connections to make the state proud.
“There are tasks ahead of us in Ekiti State when you talk of tourism and I will work within my jurisdiction to bring about a game changing and developmental agenda to meet the projection of the state.
“Tourism is an economy booster, it employs thousands of people, enriches private sector businesses and pays for important public services. Tourism works for each of us, every day; there is no how you cannot involve in one or two tourism activities in a day.
“Our action governor believes in investment promotion and development which is one of the most important components of tourism. This is the avenue we are going to concentrate on, coupled with other unique tourism strengths we have to take the state to the next level.”
When asked on the plans by the state government to design and implement the Ekiti Tourism Development Master Plan, Ojo-Lanre said every plan is intact, adding that Governor Fayemi is a man of his words, whatever he says, he will do without leaving any stone unturned.
“The state is putting up strategic plan that will help in the economic re-engineering to face the new normal that the post-COVID-19 is expected to to come with.
“Ekiti is not only blessed with human and natural resources but also has some of the unique tourism sites and compotents that will help to put Nigeria on a global stage.”
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