Edo emphasizes partnerships to foster economic devt
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Edo emphasizes partnerships to foster economic devt


Edo State Government has again re- emphasized its commitment to partner with relevant stakeholders in Culture and Tourism sector, in order to harness its benefits and potentials.

The State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Prince Bamidele Obaitan disclosed this in Benin City, during a stakeholders meeting on Culture and Tourism.

Prince Obaitan noted that Tourism and Culture as vital tools for national development, provides direct economic benefits to the people, create jobs generate revenue and attract local and foreign investors.

He, however, maintained that tourism has been seen in recent years as the alternative source to income generation as a result of its dwindling revenue from oil and gas sector, especially in the face of the Covid 19 pandemic.

The Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Commisioner enumerated the Ministry’s achievements such as preservation and beautification of some of the state’s cultural and tourist sites, introduction of cultural clubs in secondary schools and the establishments of Tourism Desk in Benin Airport.

Hon. Obaitan, commended Governor Godwin Obaseki for his unrelented efforts in making sure that Edo State is recognized in the global tourism map.

Earlier, the guest speaker and Chief Executive Officer of Ogba Zoological Garden, Mr Andy Ehanire who spoke on the topic “DOMESTIC TOURISM” emphasized the need to develop, protect, promote and conserve the rich cultural heritage of the state.


He noted that statistics has shown that tourism sector constitutes over 35 percent of economic growth, especially the developing countries, and he however sued for continuous partnership and collaboration amongst the stakeholders.

In her closing remarks and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Iryn Omorogiuwa Esq, commended the participants and advised all with artistic and creative tendencies to bring up proposals that will project the Tourism and Cultural image of the Edo State.

Barrister Omorogiuwa told the participants that the Ministry is working in synergy with the Ministry of Communication and other relevant agencies in order to expose the rich cultural heritage of Edo State to the global world and therefore sued for continued partnership especially the upcoming Edo Festival of Arts, Culture (EDOFEST).

The stakeholders meeting on Tourism and Culture had its theme “SUSTAINABLE PARTNERSHIP FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH”.

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