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    Gani Adams, OFF hail Oyebanji’s efforts on tourism, congratulate Ojo-Lanre

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    Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land,Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has applauded the Ekiti state governor, Mr.Abiodun Oyebanji for his efforts in driving the state’s tourism,saying the appointment of veteran journalist, and tourism guru, Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre as the state’s Director-General,Bureau of Tourism Development is a perfect match for the growing vision of the government.

    Iba Gani Adams’ applause was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media Kehinde Aderemi.

    The Yoruba generallissimo said Ekiti state has what it takes to promote the tourism potentials of the state, insisting that with the new Director- General, the state will fulfill its lofty dreams and maximize its great potentials in tourism

    “Let me appreciate the governor for this bold initiative. Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre’s appointment as the Director-General, Bureau of Tourism Development is a perfect match for the state tourism sector and as a culture promoter,I am optimistic that Ojo-Lanre will transform the sector.

    “He did it briefly during the administration of former governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and with governor Oyebanji at the helm now,I know the state will further fulfill its dreams in tourism.

    “Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre has distinguished himself as a worthy ambassador of the sector.He is such success- driven personality with a big ambition to make the difference in his area of specialisation.

    In the same vein, the Olokun Festival Foundation(OFF)has also described
    governor Abiodun Oyebanji as a visionary leader,whose efforts at turning Ekiti state around is noteworthy.

    The Yoruba cultural promotion outfit’s made this known yesterday in a statement by the Director of Communications, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin,while describing Wale Ojo -Lanre’s appointment as well- deserved, especially,for a state that is ready to transform the sector.

    “Governor Abiodun Oyebanji saw the need to make Ekiti State the tourism destination in Nigeria and he appointed Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre as the DG Bureau of Tourism Development.

    “It is like putting a round peg in a round hole and Ekiti state tourism will be better for this, because Ojo Lanre is a guru in the sector and he will definitely bring his years of experiences to bear in ensuring that Ekiti state retains its place in the world as one of the foremost tourism destinations in the world.

    “It is a new dawn in Ekiti, the tourism sector will wear a new look and the state will come out stronger and better.

    “I am using this opportunity to advise other states in the South-West to harness the tourism sector as avenues to drive the development in the their respective states”, Oguntimehin said.

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    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair

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    ‘I’m Not Interested,’ Ndume Rejects Appointment As Senate Tourism Committee Chair

    The Senator representing Borno South Ali Ndume has rejected the chairmanship of the Committee on Tourism in the upper lawmaking body.

    Ndume was sacked as the senate chief whip over comments he made criticising President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s running of the country.

    He was subsequently picked as the chairman of the Senate Community on Tourism, a move the vocal lawmaker has turned down.

    “So, I’m not interested in accepting the committee on tourism for the two reasons I told you,” the Borno South lawmaker said in his Maiduguri hometown, 48 hours after he was sacked as the chief whip.

    “I told you I’m inexperienced in that. I don’t know anything, I’m not knowledgeable about tourism. So, I would, if any, prefer to remain as an ordinary member so that I can learn about tourism.”
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    ‘Act of God’

    He likened his removal to an act of God.

    “Secondly, the party that recommended to the Senate that I should be removed from being the chief whip of the Senate, I take that as an act of God because if it is God who gave me that position. It is God that took it through APC. So, I bear no grudges about that,” he said.

    “After all, I did not contest to be the chief whip. I did not contest to be the vice chairman of the appropriation committee. I contested to be the se one of the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God granted me that victory and I’m happy with God, what God has given to me.”

    ‘I’m Not Wrong’

    He also defended his comments, saying there was nothing wrong with them.

    “I did not say anything wrong. And therefore I want to state that I stand by all my statements in the interview I granted,” the senator insisted.

    “So, I know that I’m not wrong. The people are not wrong by speaking the truth and standing by the truth,” the 64-year-old.

    “And I pray that the president who by now, I expect the message should have gotten to him, looks at what I have said and takes appropriate measures to eliminate the suffering of the people.”

    Following his sack, there were calls for his resignation as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

    But Ndume said the decision to quit the APC requires consultations.

    “So, I’m not a new member. I didn’t join APC just like that. It was in consultation with my people that I joined APC. I take his advice and I will get, I know across to my people,” the lawmaker said.

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    Governor’s wife showcases Kwara’s tourism wealth

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    The wife of Kwara Governor, Olufolake Abdulrasaq, on Thursday, urged local and international tourists to explore the tourism potential in the state.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq made the call in Ilorin at the ongoing annual general meeting (AGM) and conference of the National Association of Nigeria Tour Operators (NATOP).

    The AGM has its theme as “Tourism as Catalyst for Progress, Peace and Partnership”.

    “Kwara, with its vantage in the North-central region, is endowed with immense and captivating tourist destinations, widely referred to as ‘a wonder in the wilderness’.

    “The Owu Falls is the highest and most spectacular natural waterfall in West Africa.

    “Founded in 1945 and widely referenced as the mother of all museums in Nigeria, the Esie Museum is located in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

    “We have Imole Boja Rock Shelter; we also have the Sobi Hills, the University of Ilorin Zoological Garden, the Dada Pottery, and the Aso-oke weaving centres, among other very interesting sites.

    “In celebrating our culture and traditions, we equally have the annual Ilorin Durbar, the Gani Festival, the Shao Mass Wedding and the Patigi Boat Regatta, to mention a few,” she said.

    Mrs Abdulrazaq, who commended the tour operators for bringing their annual conference to the state, urged them to explore the spots mentioned and further promote the economic potential of the state.

    She said Kwara’s rich historical background, wonders of nature and exquisite cultural events are sights to behold.

    She said Governor AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that opportunities in the tourism sector in the state were maximised.

    According to her, this is evident in the government’s engagements in partnerships, evolving investment-friendly policies and putting in place infrastructure to drive all sectors of the state’s economy.

    “In complementing this drive of government, my office and the Ajike People Support Centre are actively involved in promoting tourism and celebrating the cultural heritage of our people.

    “It may interest you to know that during our host of the Commonwealth quiz competition, top functionaries of the British government were conducted around some of these beautiful sites.

    “Also, I have sponsored some of our traditional aso-oke weavers to participate in fashion shows of international repute to showcaseenhanceate and enhancing their capacities,” she said.

    Akonitv reports that the conference began on 17 July and will end on 20 July.

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    Breaking News: Ooni of Ife Palace denounces fake romance scam allegations

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    The Palace of the Ooni of Ife has addressed a trending fake news story involving Ms Fagbule, who was allegedly defrauded of $180,000 by a scammer posing as Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife.

    According to a release made available Otunba Moses Olafare, Director of Media and Public Affairs at the Ooni’s Palace, clarified that the allegations are unfounded and part of a character assassination tactic aimed at gaining popularity on social media.

    The Palace emphasised that the Ooni does not engage in any personal social media interactions, with all official communications handled by the palace’s media directorate.

    The alleged scam is a fabrication, and the letter used as evidence does not match the Palace’s official letterhead or the Ooni’s style.

    Ms Fagbule, if genuine, is invited to the palace in Ile-Ife for assistance with law enforcement to uncover the perpetrators of this crime.

    The Palace advises the public to be cautious of social media engagements and reiterates that the Ooni does not interface online or via proxies.

    The Palace’s letterhead is distinct, signed by the Ooni as “Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula” and not “His Imperial Majesty”.

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