The Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. (Mrs.) Noimot Salako- Oyedele has charged the management of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to utilize the advantages embedded in the annual African Drum Festival to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2020.
Engr. Salako- Oyedele, who gave the charge at the Treasury Board Meeting on year 2020 Budget, held at the Obas’ Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the festival, being an international event, should serve as means of improving the socio-economic activities of the State and Nigeria at large.
The Deputy Governor advised the Ministry to take full advantage of the social media to create more awareness for its activities and tourist sites, in order to make the State preferred destination for tourists.
In her presentation, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaja Selimot Ottun, said in its bid to increase its IGR, the agency was planning to create arts and crafts studio, where State’s artefacts could be showcased and sold. Contributing, the State Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, said Culture and Tourism was critical to economic transformation, hence the need for the Ministry to open up the Gateway State for tourist attraction, saying this would lead to the development of local economy.