Determined to hit the ground running, the Kwara State Governor-elect, Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq has visited the Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Mr Folorunsho Coker to discuss tourism potentials in the state and seek collaboration with the agency towards re-positioning the sector.
The governor-elect engaged the management of NTDC in deep discussion on how to revive tourism, create jobs and stamp Kwara on the global tourism map. On the front burner are Esie Museum, Owu Waterfalls, Pategi Regatta, Ilorin Emirate Durbar, Ghani Festival amongst others.
AbdulRazaq expressed his determination to elevate all historic festivals in Kwara to global brands and make the state a must visit for local and international tourists.
All over the world, tourism is regarded as a vibrant tool for generating revenue and providing employment to sustain and stabilize the economy. In making Kwara State a tourist destination, Alhaji AbdulRasaq has pledged to “position and brand Kwara as the nation’s preferred tourist destination”.
Specifically, in his manifesto, he listed five strategies, namely: mapping and documentation of tourist locations; creation of a cultural calendar; encouragement of private sector participation in tourism development; improvement and upgrading of identified tourist locations and promoting cultural identities in branding the state for tourism development.
Indeed, Kwara is home to beautiful edifices and masterpieces of global interest which over the years have received little or no attention from previous administrations. It is interesting to note that the tourist sites have been abandoned and left in deplorable conditions.
Source: O to Ge Kwarans in Abuja