The Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has praised Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for his decision to create a standalone ministry for tourism, separating it from the Ministry of Information. Runsewe emphasized the need for Nigeria to prioritize cultural tourism and provide the necessary political and financial support to maximize its potential benefits.
Runsewe commended Governor Makinde for his strategic approach in repositioning the tourism economy of Oyo State. He described the move as not only encouraging and interesting but also a strategic effort to promote and market the state’s rich cultural heritage, history, and traditions.
The NCAC boss applauded Governor Makinde’s decision, stating that establishing a dedicated Ministry of Tourism is a crucial step towards harnessing the full potential of tourism in Nigeria. He thanked the governor for taking the bold initiative and setting an example for other states to follow.
Furthermore, Runsewe urged other governors to recognize the strength of the tourism economy and prioritize its development through exclusive processes and partnerships with private sector tourism practitioners. He emphasized the importance of adequate funding for marketing and promotion to accelerate the growth of the tourism sector.
Expressing his optimism, Runsewe stated that with proper funding, competent leadership, and collaboration with the private sector, Oyo State has the potential to become a premier tourism destination. He highlighted the state’s peaceful environment, unity, and security under Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration, noting that these factors would contribute to enriching visitors’ experiences.
Governor Seyi Makinde recently separated the Ministry of Tourism from the Ministry of Information, Tourism, and Culture. He emphasized that tourism should receive dedicated attention to showcase the state’s cultural diversity and hospitality. By establishing a separate ministry, Governor Makinde aims to ensure that tourism is given the necessary focus to contribute significantly to the state’s development.
In conclusion, Otunba Segun Runsewe commended Governor Makinde for his visionary decision to establish a separate ministry for tourism in Oyo State. The move is expected to enhance the promotion and development of the state’s cultural tourism economy. Runsewe encouraged other governors to follow suit and prioritize the growth of the tourism sector in their respective states.