Oyo courts Canada for the development of cultural tourism

The Oyo State Government is seeking partnership with the Canadian Government to promote and explore the tourism potentials of the state.

The state has over one hundred and sixty-eight tourist spots including Ado Awaye Suspended Lake; Old Oyo National Park; Rock formation, Agbele; Igbéti; Captain Bowers Tower; Agodi Garden; Akoru and Ofere Hills, Eruwa.

Some cultural centers are the Igbo Ologun, named after the ancient earth warrior Saki, the Basaori stream which, according to history, was used to lend clothes and jewelry to people in need, the industry of the smelting of aluminum pots, the shea butter industry and the local blacksmith industry.

Wasiu Olatunbosun, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, revealed this during a courtesy visit to his office by Counselor (Management) and Consul of the Deputy High Commission of Canada, Aissatou Seck, on Wednesday .

Olatunbosun informed the visiting envoy that the proposed collaboration with the Government of Canada in the areas of tourism and cultural promotion would further strengthen relations with the country.

Olatunbosun also informed the Canadian envoy of the significant human capital resources and huge tourism potentials available in Oyo State, as well as the government’s willingness to partner with willing investors.

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He said the government led by Governor Seyi Makinde in the lead state was ensuring the reinforcement of high-level security through the introduction of security equipment such as the South West Security Network, codenamed Amotekun corps. and others.

He pointed to the state’s tourism potentials, saying these have attracted expats from other countries, which he described as proof of a functioning government.

“Canadians in Oyo State are very safe, I assure you. I am confident that with a strong working relationship with your country or with investors in your country, our state will experience further growth. Oyo State is a safe haven, where businesses thrive,” he said.

He therefore expressed the willingness of the state government to partner with genuine potential investors, with verifiable capacity and to introduce government policies that would promote rapid investments.

He said, “Governor Seyi Makinde remains passionate about tourism and investment from businesses and government agencies in your country. We therefore look forward to the opportunities for the tourism sector of the Oyo State Government – ​​and look forward to returning the favor very soon.

Speaking, Aissatou Seck explained that the visit was aimed at getting familiar with the state and conveying the Canadian government’s message of goodwill to its citizens residing in Oyo State.

She said the visit was an opportunity to learn about the various tourism opportunities available in the state, adding that the Canadian government will make a conscious decision to explore opportunities for partnership with the state government.

She said she was delighted that Oyo State is full of tourist spots, suggesting that a detailed schedule of festivals in the state be forwarded to her office, which will offer more information to various Canadian business entities.

She pledged future cooperation with the government of Oyo State, noting that there are clear advantages that could attract the Canadian government to Oyo State.

While thanking Olatunbosun and the state leadership for the warm welcome, she said the Consular General’s office would be willing to visit more tourist spots in the state.


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