Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has said that Africa must weave strategies that will earn it global recognition and financial gains around its natural possessions.
Oyetola made the remarks at the training of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) in Ile-Ife.
The training focuses on the conservation and preservation of Africa’s natural and cultural heritage.
The governor said this would enable the continent to use its cultural heritage as a huge public relations tool and a catalyst for desired economic and infrastructural development.
He enjoined African leaders and other stakeholders to pay attention to effective and sustainable management of Africa’s World Heritage sites, urging them to work together to make Africa greater than it is.
Oyetola said it was high time for Africa to be on top of its game.
“Africa as a home of culture and primary source of world natural and cultural heritage.
“Hence, the strategy is critical to achieving institutional and personal goals
“While I commend AWHF for adopting the strategy for perpetuating its vision for sustainable development, I also appealed to all the governments of Africa, African entrepreneurs, culture ambassadors and well-meaning individuals to offer financial and technical supports to the agency to enable it deploy Africa’s Cultural heritage for economic growth and infrastructural development.”
The governor said that since the state is renowned as the natural habitat of culture, his administration would continue to strategise for conservation and preservation of its cultural heritage sites.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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