As part of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s agenda for rapid and viable economic development of the state, the Ogun State government has promised to put up formidable structures to open-up Lisa village as a tourist attraction in the state.
Briefing Community Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (COMPASS) in Abeokuta, the state capital during a courtesy visit by the group on February 12 in his office, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Toyin Taiwo reiterated the present administration’s commitment towards preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the people of the state.
He said, “There’s no doubt about the fact that Ogun State is endowed with a lot of tourist sites and thank God for the passion the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has for our culture as he’s ready to do the needful to ensure our cultural heritage is not only preserved but as well showcased to the outside world.
“Be rest assured that we’re going to tap into all the untapped, sustain and maintain the sites/monuments in the state which will invariably enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of not only the state but Nigeria as a whole.”
Taiwo added, “Ogun State is well blessed among all other states and we’re ready to tap into what’s been given to us and create an enabling environment for advice and partnership so that we can take Ogun State according to the visions of the ministry and place the state on the world map.”
He disclosed that the state government was ready to partner individuals and private organisations “to propagate with us our indigenous cultural heritage”.
The commissioner noted that Adire, for instance, originated from Ogun State, adding that a lot needed to be done to rebrand it so that at the end of the day it would remain the indigenous trademark of the state.
“Other people who are into Adire business/production learnt that trade from us but the brand is originally from Ogun state and we’re really proud to be the originator of the brand,” he said.
In his remark, the President of the group, Tayo Aderinola, thanked the commissioner for hosting and agreeing to partner with COMPASS in promoting the activities of the ministry when and where necessary.
Meanwhile, an autographed book titled “Iyaloja” was presented to the commissioner and Governor Abiodun by the leader of the delegation.
Our Community can report that Ogun state is home to some of the most beautiful sites in West Africa. From fun places in Abeokuta to interesting places in Ijebu, the state has a lot of must-see places with its fascinating history and deep cultural roots. The most famous tourist attraction in the state is Olumo Rock.
However, there are more sites in Ogun state like Ebute Oni Beach Tourist Resort, Lisabi Sacred Forest, Centenary Hall, Hi-Impact Planet, Hilltop Golf Resort, Abeokuta Museum, Ogunde Museum, Ososa, Osuuru Water Spring and Saam Health Farm and Holiday Resort and many more.