….congratulates indigenes of Osogbo on Osun Osogbo festival
Governor of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola has stated that his government will continue to exploit the cultural and tourism potentials of the State to drive sustainable socioeconomic growth.
The Governor stated this today in Osogbo while delivering an address at the grand finally of this year’s edition of Osun Osogbo festival held at the Osun groove.
The Governor who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji said the Osun Osogbo festival, has no doubt assumed an international status, thus making it to be strategic to the State.
He said the festival has brought the State to the global map, attracting pilgrims and tourists annually, hence has offered itself as a platform that helps the State to showcase and promote Osun’s rich traditional and cultural heritage.
Governor Oyetola stated further that his administration will continue to seek ways of mainstreaming Osun’s unique potential as a cultural and tourist destination, a move which he said has motivated the design of a culture and tourism masterplan which has guided the state’s interventions in the sector.
The Governor used the occasion to thank the American Embassy for the partnership the State has enjoyed and for the sustained support showed, especially with the recent reclamation and documentation effort on the Osun Osogbo Groove.
According to the Governor, “I enjoin you all to continue to sustain the right attitude so that together, we shall bring more investments to Osun.
As you are well aware, in addition to the frantic efforts being made to attract investment to this State and bolster its image, our Administration, last year, instituted a policy aimed at encouraging public and civil servants to wear Adire every Thursday.
This initiative, we believe, will resuscitate our local textile, create employment opportunities, boost marketing and transform the socio-economic and cultural tourism of our dear State and the country as a whole.
I urge you all to key into this initiative by patronizing our fabrics. Let us own our fabric and create our own market. Let us give economic teeth to the Osogbo panegeric (oriki) “aro ni mbe l’Osogbo, l’Osogbo fi nwuni”. He stated.
In his royal message,the Ataoja of Osogbo,Oba Jimoh Olanipekun,laroye 11 appreciate the State government of Osun under Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and other well meaning individual that supported him for the success of this year edition of Osun Osogbo.
Oba Olanipekun while prayed for the continuous growth of Osogbo land,it indigenes ,residents and all adherent and worshipers of Osun Osogbo festival, the Kabiyesi also used the avenue to sound a note of warning to those that have intention of disturbing the peace of the Town to desist before they would perish in vain.