The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has described the high value and premium promotion enjoyed by Nigerian culture under the watch of The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC),Otunba Segun Runsewe as revolutionary and unprecedented.
The Ooni, who bestrides the cradle of the Yoruba race and sits on the oldest traditional throne in Black Africa nay the human race, commended Runsewe for pushing the quest for a new culture economy to the front burner of national discourse, making Nigerians very proud.
“I can see everything turning around for culture and tourism in nigeria very soon and I stand to appreciate Runsewe undivided attention and dedication to see the sector blossom profitably” his majesty noted.
The Ooni, who is also a front line investor in tourism economy with the Ife Grand Resort planted to drive domestic tourism, called on the private sector to join hands with Runsewe to change and sustain the positive narratives for cultural tourism as poverty buster and employment influencer.
To the all important tourism media, the highly respected monarch appealed for their support in advocating for professional reportage of the sector without which efforts to promote Nigeria as a destination maybe difficult.
Earlier in his address, Runsewe who led industry operators to appreciate the Oba for hosting National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) delegates praised the vision of the Ooni for transforming the geo tourism and economic landscape of Ife through the luxury Grand Resort.
“This place is a master piece, planted by visionary leader and I am encouraged by this very significant intervention which represents the very picture of what we want to see in Nigeria from our people and other traditional rulers.”
To further open the resort and the entire Ife land tourism architecture to visitors, the NCAC boss craved the Ooni to use his good will to attract the construction of a light rail from Lagos to Ife.