The 8th edition of the National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, opened today, Wednesday, August, 22, 2012, in Ilorin, Kwara State, with the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, calling on stakeholders to rise up to the occasion by repositioning the sector, which has the potentials of boosting the economy.
Mrs. Odusote, who is attending the meeting for the first time, having just been posted to the ministry, noted that the culture and tourism sector is cardinal to the socio-economic transformation of the country, once due attention is given to its development.
Earlier in her welcome address, Kwara State Commissioner for Social Develoment, Culture and Tourism, Hajia Ramat Adesina Abaya, expressed delight that Kwara state, “the state of harmony,” was playing host to many stakeholders, who embody a wealth of experience and expertise in the sector.
She said there was need to sharpen the ability of professionals and technocrats to enable Nigeria respond positively to the challenges hindering her progress.
According to the Honourable Commissioner, Kwara state enjoys relative peace in all spheres and has a wide scope of tourist attractions with very intimidating culture, and that there was need to adhere to and take pride in the rich cultural heritage God has endowed on Nigeria.
The Council meeting, which is taking place at the Royal Shekinah Hotel, Ilorin, Kwara State, will feature Technical Sessions and main Council Session, and it will end on Friday, August 24, 2012.
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