Governor Makinde Eyes Tourism to Expand Oyo Economy

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has stated the readiness of his administration to add tourism as a major plank of its economic expansion agenda.

The governor stated this at Igbo-Ora, on Saturday, during the annual World Twins Festival, organised by the Igbo-Ora community, Twins World Creations, and the state government.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as saying that the administration had succeeded in rejuvenating the state’s economy through agribusiness, but that it would now focus on tourism as another major contributor to the state’s economy.

Makinde declared that the Twins Festival, which is a celebration of Igbo-Ora’s renown as the world’s capital of twin and multiple births, has a great tourism potential for Ibarapaland and Oyo State, adding that the government would do everything possible to make the zone a tourists’ destination.

Governor Makinde maintained that with his administration having been able to turn around the security situation in Ibarapaland, it would put in place adequate infrastructure, which will help tourism to gain foothold.

He noted that within the next few weeks, construction works would begin on the Ibadan-Eruwa Road and the Igbo-Ora-Iganna Road, with a view to fully integrating Ibarapa Zone into the economic development agenda of his administration.

He said, “I greet everyone present here including our National Assembly, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly candidates.

“Today, we have come to celebrate with the twins and I am very happy to be here. But I must say that today’s festival is beyond celebrating the twins. We are talking about the potential for tourism from this event.

“Almost four years ago when I came here, I campaigned on four major pillars, which are Health, Education, Economic expansion and Security. And today, I am glad that Oyo State has made significant progress on the four pillars.

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