Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (OjajaII) has urged Nigerians to focus more on cultural tourism as a means of revenue generation in the current face of the dwindling oil prices and economic challenges in the country.
Oba Adeyeye stated this at the weekend during the official commissioning of MYDAS Hotel and Conference Hall built by Prince Rotimi Ibidapo in Owo, Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The monarch noted that investing in cultural tourism will further show case the country’s heritage and culture to world.
According to him the country have the richest culture in the world, and investing in it will further improve and boost Nigeria’s GDP.
“Cultural tourism is just to show case 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. 100 per cent private sector. Let private sector comes in.
“We have the most richest culture in the world , but the challenges is for the people to come and fact find our cultural heritage for us. 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 been 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 rather than any little thing, we always travel out of the country to go and do the similar thing. Why should we do that?, let us encourage ourselves,” he enunciated.