The Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Professor Rasaki Ojo
Bakare has asserted that Ekiti State has the most feasible tourism
potentials in Nigeria which if given due recognition and proper
development will enhance Nigeria global status in tourism.
Ojo Bakare, who made the assertion during the activities marking the
year 2020 World Tourism Day celebrations in Ado, the State capital
observed that the sector was nonexistent in Ekiti State before the
emergence of Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s led administration in 2010.
He said tourism suffered neglect during the immediate past
administration but has bounced back in just two years of the Governor
Fayemi second tenure which he noted has put in place a robust
structure to guarantee the success of tourism sector.
Speaking further, the Commissioner informed that part of the giant
stride of the Dr.Kayode Fayemi led administration at ensuring an
overall success of the sector was the investor hunt to Brazil early
this year where he, alongside the Senior Special Adviser to the
Governor on Tourism, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre engaged and wooed
Tourism investors to the State.
Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports
Development, Mr. Michael Awopetu promised to work with the Ministry of
Arts, Culture and Tourism particularly to bring about full
participation of Youths in the development of sports and tourism in
In his remarks, the Senior Special Adviser on Tourism, Ambassador Wale
Ojo Lanre opined that Tourism remains a potential instrument of
developing the rural areas through adventure tourism, ecotourism,
sustainable tourism, rural tourism, industrial tourism, agro tourism,
religious and sports tourism among others.
Speaking on this year’s theme “Tourism and Rural Development” which
according to him was deliberately chosen by United Nations World
Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Professor Oyedele Bankole of the
Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Ekiti State
University, Ado Ekiti noted that even though the pandemic has grossly
affected every segment of the society, Tourism was expected to cushion
the adverse effect of COVID 19 pandemic in the area of employment
generation, protection of cultural heritage, innovation of new ideas,
encourage infrastructural development among others.
He maintained that the ravaging effect of the pandemic
notwithstanding, Tourism was capable of changing the economic
landscape and create employment opportunities for the teeming
He however urged the government, private organization, host
communities and other stakeholders to collaborate, harness and
coordinate all available tourism resources for it to act as catalyst
for rural rejuvenation and move Nigeria to the next level of
This year’s celebrations which featured lectures, dance and musical
performance, picnic among others was in consonance with the United
Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) adoption of September 27th
as a date set aside annually to observe and celebrate the world
tourism day and this has been religiously observed and celebrated
globally since 1980 to date.