Gov Akeredolu Tours La Campagne, discusses plan to set Ondo state on World Tourism Map - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Monday, 31 May 2021

Gov Akeredolu Tours La Campagne, discusses plan to set Ondo state on World Tourism Map

La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort in Ikegun Village, Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State recently played host to the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN). 

This year alone, the African themed resort, which is acclaimed for its blend of African hospitality and Eurocentric opulence has also hosted Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu . 

Akeredolu’s visit was not just for leisure or the usual courtesy visit even though he was treated to a tour of the resort and entertained in the best culture of the resort, with its founder and chief host, Otunba Wanle Akinboboye, directing affairs, but rather it was for serious business of discussing tourism and outlining his dream projects for tourism development and promotion. 

This meeting, which was held in the glare of the entourage of the governor and some team members of La Campagne was a follow up to the earlier strategic meeting between the governor and Akinboboye in the Government House, Akure, where the Governor formally signed on Akinboboye as a strategic partner in his quest to transform Ondo State to a true tourist destination. 

During the La Campagne meeting, Akeredolu put in perspective his desire to etching Ondo’s tourism on the world tourism map working with Akinboboye to achieve this tall dream. 

Going down memory lane, Akeredolu revealed that: ‘‘in the last four years that I have been in Ondo State, I have been concerned about the development of tourism and we made serious efforts. Akinboboye, my brother here, is from Ondo State and he referred to our meeting some years ago. 

‘‘It was then that I invited him and said let’s discuss, I want to see how I can have La Campagne brand in Ondo State. I am sure that both of us got busy and that idea didn’t materialise. 

‘‘But when he was back to have Destination Ondo and came up with the Asun Carnival in Ondo, I got a message across to him that when he is finished with it that I would like to have a meeting with him. 

‘‘I was happy he came and we met. And in a couple of hours when I was discussing with him, it was clear to me what we needed to do and what we needed to do is to develop our tourism. 

“Therefore, what we are set for is that we want to change Ondo State face and we want tourism to be one of the key Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) industries in the state”. 

With the humongous investment made so far on the oil fields without any return, the governor has seen the need to seek another viable revenue earner for the state. In this quest, he has set his sight on tourism. 

It is instructive to note that the choice of Akinboboye as a strategic partner was an easier and natural one to address the following areas. 

Focus On Nigerian Culture: Akeredolu wants the central theme of his tourism economy to be that of Nigerian culture. Of course, nobody else around is acclaimed to have achieved an enduring track record in this wise than Akinboboye, hence his choice by the governor, which he clearly stated: 

‘‘What we have to export is our culture and we stand better rather than to have a foreign culture and he has always used that word, ‘an inferior,’ and imitation of foreign culture. Nobody is coming to patronise you. So, we need to have our culture, so that we can be patronised.’’ 

Other tourist sites the Akeredolu vision intends to bring to the fore are transforming Araromi Beachside Idanre Hills, Mare Festival, Igbogbo Festival (a replica of Brazilian Carnival) and elevation of Oke Maria; a captivating enclave for the promotion of religious tourism. 

The task for Akinboboye in the governor’s drive for improving the lots of his people is creating a tourism economy that generates employment for the youths and transforms the rural community. 

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