Oyo State government has called on Nigerians to see the promotion of their various cultures as viable means of generating income for the nation.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in the State, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun made the call at the 2019 Annual Sango Festival which held at the Palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 11, at Oyo town,.
Representing the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, Olatunbosun said the state government would explore all possible means through culture and tourism to revive the economy of the State so as not to rely on federal allocations to run the state.
He added that federal allocations alone would not cater for the basic needs of the people of the State.
He said the present administration was looking for ways to boost its internally-generated revenue while the moribund State-owned companies would be revived to anchor job creation.
“Our rich culture like Sango festival is enough to earn us foreign currencies if well promoted and given the right support. The present administration is ready to work with the Iku Baba Yeye, Alaafin of Oyo, our revered father, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 11, to see to the possibility of gaining another millage in generating revenue from cultural tourism through cultural festivals like Sango festival.
“We shall continue to support this and every other important festival that exhibits Yoruba culture as iconic among other cultures in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
“These cultural celebrations are in themselves capable of giving the State the financial freedom we seek through agriculture, commercial development by revamping abandoned State-owned companies and invitation to foreign investors to come and establish businesses here.”
Olatunbosun sought the support of the people of the State for the success of the government’s objectives