The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi addressing the National Executive of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP) on Friday revealed the discovery of oil and gas is the country’s greatest misfortune.
According to the Supreme Yoruba ruler, all other sectors were ignored and under-utilised after the discovery of oil and gas.
The traditional ruler who was visited by NATOP in his palace by the tourism group lamented Nigerians failure in developing tourism potential in the country.
He said: ” As a nation, our biggest problem has been discovering oil; we have different tourism products rich in content which are nature-based, tourism is not exhaustible but oil is.
” It is important for us to propagate domestic tourism, it is the future of the country and that is the way things can get better.
” We should encourage people to travel within the confines of the nation, we should focus on things nature has blessed us with and take away every negative charge in us.
” Tourism is something I am very passionate about, I don’t joke with it so let us all collectively groom it together.”
However, the leader of the group Mrs Bilikisu Abdul pleaded for the king’s support in making Nigeria attractive to tourist all over the world.
The Ooni of Ife also in his responses, promised to attend the AKWAABA Travel Market in September, Calabar Carnival slated for December and NATOP Annual General Meeting in April.
He promised to attend the AKWAABA Travel Market in September, Calabar Carnival slated for December and NATOP Annual General Meeting in April.
” I will say that you all have my full support for all these programmes tabled before me today, we will work together to take Nigeria to the next level,” he said.