Orangun of Ila-Orangun, in Ila Local Government Area of Osun State, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Bibire II, has urged Yoruba traditional rulers to preserve the cultural heritage of their various communities for wealth creation and promotion of the entire Yoruba nation.
Oba Oyedotun who stated this during the celebration of the annual Isinro traditional festival in the ancient town, said the traditional festival was the key to the history of the ancient community.
The prominent traditional ruler who was highly elated maintained that Isinro festival was a period for Orangun to appreciate his people for their support and loyalty to traditional institution as well as giving Orangun gifts, which signifies honour, and respect for the traditional ruler.
Oba Oyedotun promised to continue to promote the traditional festival to make it meet international standard to attract both local and foreign tourists while urging residents to demonstrate their unalloyed support to him towards the upliftment of the festival.
The monarch decried the attitude of some Nigerians to cultural festival, saying some believed that traditional festival were fetish but explained that the festival had been refined to carnival show.
While calling on government to uplift Isinro celebration to international standard, the traditional ruler said if government harnessed the potential of the festival, it could serve as a veritable source of revenue for government.
Oba Oyedotun emphasised the need for government to stop paying lip service to the tourism sector, submitting that some countries of the world depend on the tourism sector for economic sustenance.
Decrying the state of electricity in the ancient community, the monarch said the epileptic power supply to the town has drastically affected socio-economic life of the residents.
He however called on all the relevant stakeholders to intervene in the matter to save residents of the area from untold hardship.


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