The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has urged Nigerians to now focus more on cultural tourism as a means of generating revenue due to dwindling oil prices and economic challenges in the country.
The monarch said the main problem of the country was that its people depended so much on government for everything.
Oba Adeyeye stated this at the official commissioning of MYDAS hotel and conference hall built by Prince Rotimi Ibidapo at Owo, Owo local government area of Ondo State during the weekend.
According to the traditional ruler , investing in cultural tourism will further showcase the country’s heritage and culture to the world.
While noting that the country has the richest culture in the world, the monarch said investing in it will further improve and boost the country’s GDP.
He said : “Cultural tourism is just to showcase our heritage and our culture to the world. Our people depend so much on government for everything. Private sector should take the first lead. Look at what happened here today. 100percent private sector. Let private sector come in.
“We have the richest culture in the world, but the challenges is for the people to come and find our cultural heritage. The major impediment is comfort, that is, where they would stay in the entire land?
“All over the world, private sector is the engine room of any economy. So as a result, when private sector start, UNESCO and government can come to support. My believe is that we don’t need to depend on government for everything.
“If you go to South Africa, their economy is being driven by tourism, Gambia don’t have crude oil, the entire France don’t have crude oil and if you go to all the Caribbean island, they don’t have crude oil and their GDP is even better than us in Nigeria that we have crude oil. “If we have more places like this , both in the North ,South, West and the East, people will be moving from one point to the other. This will even boost our GDP.
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