Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has reiterated his commitment towards making life more meaningful to the people in a bid to making tourism a money spinning venture and ecotourism accessible to tourists all over the world in order to boost the economy of the host community and the State in general.
Ogbeni Aregbesola who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga made this remarks at Erin-Ijesa during the flags off ceremony of access road to Olumirin Water Falls.
The Governor explained that provision of access road is a major criterion for consideration before a tourism site is recognised and when the road is completed, a lot of unimaginable transformation will definitely come to Erin-Ijesa and its environment in terms of socio-economic and cultural-tourism activities.
Ogbeni Aregbesola said his administration has made easy the task of tourists at Olumirin Water Falls by constructing the Pedestrian bridge to ease the ascension and dissension of tourists and aesthetics to attract visitors and researchers.
The Governor who said this is happening at a time when MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun is being put in place thereby making the arrival of tourists to Olumirin Water Falls from around the world an easy one.
He therefore thanked the management of International Breweries Plc, Ilesa for the construction of Garden Parks at the site as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility while appealing to the people to pay their taxes and other levies, so as to make government provide more infrastructural development to the State.
Also speaking, Chairman Osun State House of Assembly House Committee on Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Hon. Olasunkanmi Akinola, Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele and Hon. Israel Aloba appreciated the governments’ gesture and appealed for the continued support to Aregbesola’s administration.
Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman Osun Tourism Board and Authority, Engr Abimbola Daniyan thanked the Governor for his commitment to tourism development in the State.
In his brief on the project, the Project Coordinator, Office of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo said the intervention of the RAMP which is to make life meaningful to rural dwellers has impacted positively in Osun through the commitment of Mr Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He then assured all that, the road will be completed by January, 2018 and all bridges will be done to standard with asphaltic lane.
In his address, the royal host, Oba (Dr) Engr Isaac Adeyeba Ayeni, Okin Oloro 2nd of Erin -Ijesa who was visibly happy thanked the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his support and commitment to making Olumirin Water Falls the desired place for every tourist. He therefore appealed to the government, to provide security post and health centre along the site for the safety of visiting tourists.
Highlights of the event were cultural entertainment by Osun Cultural Troupe and site tour of the vicinity.