Culture/Tourism Development: Oyetola Inaugurates School Cultural Tourism Clubs

…. mandates schools to visit tourism sites at least once in a session

Tiamiyu Jelili

Governor of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has mandated both public and private schools across the State to henceforth ensure that they visit tourist sites in the state with their students at least once in a session or school calendar year.

The Governor has also directed that all schools should establish tourism and cultural clubs immediately and devote every Thursday as Cultural Day in the last two periods of the school timetable.

Governor Oyetola states these today shortly after inaugurating the Osun Cultural Tourism Clubs for schools across the State.

The Governor who was represented at the occasion the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji said the present administration has identified culture and tourism as a potential strength to enhance economic prosperity.

Oyetola said Culture and Tourism are key areas that are worth students’ devotion as vast cultural tourism potential abounds in all local governments in the State which the youths can make use of for sustainability endeavors, noting that the State Government will continue do all it takes to improve the sector.

He said, “You will all recall that on my inauguration three and a half years ago, I entered into a contract with the people of the State to fast-track the development of Osun State with all available resources to meet the increasing needs of the people of the State.

“In achieving this end, we have, the past 42 months, employed all possible strategies, including tapping our potential in the critical sectors of the economy, including Agriculture, Tourism and Mining to create wealth and revolutionise our economy and reinvigorate revenue generation and development parameters to reposition the State.

“One of such effort is what we are witnessing today – the inauguration of Cultural and Tourism Clubs in secondary schools so as to tap the rich natural endowment in the state for socio-economic advancement. This is a strategic effort to make students embrace development in the tourism sector and make it vibrant and sustainable”.

Speaking on the Intent of establishing the clubs, the Governor stressed that Government has packaged the cultural tourism club in such a way to expose each student in public and private secondary schools to the rudiments of the industry.

He added that it will also help to identify talents for development among arts as well as all aspects of culture and innovations capable of making students self sustaining and culturally inclined.

The Governor then appealed to stakeholders, parents, schools, communities and the students to support the policy to make it work out for the benefit of all and sundry.

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