The Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) says development of culture and tourism sector is capable of creating thousands of jobs to the teaming unemployed youths.
The 1st Deputy National President of FTAN, Alh. Aliyu Badaki, made this known at the 2023 Iyara Cultural Festival over the weekend at Iyara, Ijumu local government of Kogi State.
He noted that development of the sector must not be left to government alone as communities have active roles to play and projecting their identity to the entire world.
Alh. Aliyu, who is the National President of Iyara Development Association (IDA), charged communities to sustain their culture, urging government to increase investment in the culture and tourism sector.
“Iyara Cultural Day is an annual event where people gather together to showcase and celebrate our rich cultures. The Day is all about our Community, our Cultures and our unity.
“In the recent times most cultures In the country if not careful will go into extinction, that is why Iyara people are always proud of our identity, race and culture, hence your invitation to be part of this epoch making event in our own way of projecting our rich culture for the world to see,” he said.
According to him, “Iyara Cultural Day is an avenue to raise funds towards Community Development. It is crystal clear that government alone cannot carry out all the developmental projects; hence the raising of funds to augment the government efforts.”
“Please permit me, at this juncture, to restate the incontrovertible truth about the accommodating; peaceful and tolerant nature of the Iyara people. The nature and attitude have earned us the unique catch phrase “Home of peace and Hospitality”. Iyara people are generally and naturally friendly and hospitable.
In his remarks, the candidate of Action Alliance (AA) in the November 11 Kogi governorship election, Otunba Olayinka Braimoh said the Iyara Cultural Day is in line with his vision of using tourism to drive cash inflow into the State economy if voted for.
Otunba Braimoh said he is ready to project the State culture and tourism to the world for wealth creation and distribution of voted into power.
The event was attended by Senator Dino Melaye, PDP Governorship Candidate, Arc. Salman Idris, member representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom, HRM. Oba Williams Olusegun Ayeni among others.