The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed has called for the establishment of compatible activities centres at the Osun Osogbo grove to create employment and promote tourism.
Mohammed made this call while delivering a speech at the grand finale of this year Osun Osogbo International festival on Friday.
He said that creation of such centres would assist in poverty alleviation
as contained in the Millennium and Sustainable Development Goals.
“There is a need to establish compatible activities at the buffer zone
of the Osun grove where tie and dye, bead making, blacksmith, sales of
cuisine and others that Osogbo is known for can be carried out.
“These activities will be geared towards poverty alleviation and it
would also be in line with the Federal Government’s commitment in
diversifying the economy.
“This in turn will generate employment for the teeming youths in the
area of tourism promotion and for sustainable heritage management.” he
The minister who was represented by the Director General, National
Commission for Museum and Monuments, Dr Usman Abdallah pledged
government’s committed to preservation and sustenance of the Osun
Osogbo cultural heritage.
He thus called for cooperation of all stakeholders, including the
UNESCO in the development and growth of the Osun grove.
In a message, the Governor Rauf Aregbesola urged citizens of the state
to return to the craft of tie and dye fabrics business the state is
renowned for. He said the natives must strive to add their quota to
the country’s Gross Domestic Product, adding that time for Abuja
freebies was over.
The Governor enjoined the youths to develop interest in art and craft
businesses where they have comparative advantage. He said this will
preserve their heritage and boost the state economy.
The host monarch, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun who was full
of gratitude for government support, prayed for God’s intervention in
equipping President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with requisite
skills to revive and develop the nation’s economy.
The chairman of the occasion, Sir Micheal Omotoso who is also the king
of the Yorubas in Ghana urged Africans to be proud of their rich
heritage and be proud enough to showcase their culture wherever they
‘It is high time African developed their tourism potentials to diversify their economy and earn grow their economy,” he said.
By Yinka Salaam, Osogbo