In line with its pledge to reinvigorate tourism in Osun State, the current administration in the state had given Osun Groove a new look to commensurate with the Osun Osogbo festival’s international status.
Renovating works are currently going on at the groove, which had since been abandoned by successive administrations in the state.
According to the leader of Tourism Development Committee in the state, Engineer Abimbola Daniyan, the groove was to take a new look that would present it to the international community as a befitting world heritage centre.
He added that the target of the committee was to bring in about 4000 tourists and help boost the revenue base of the people of the state.
Speaking at a recent gathering, Mr. Folorunso Alao commended the vision of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to revive the state tourism industry from its current state of stupour.
He maintained that this year’s festival would be the best among the ones ever celebrated in the state, adding that residents would have course to smile during and after the festival.
A former calabash bearer (Arugba), Mrs. Abiodun Idayat told OSUN DEFENDER that the problem of low earnings during the festival would soon be a thing of the past, if the effort of the present administration to globally market the event eventually materialised.
She stated further that past administrations were only concerned about the festivity and did not bother about its administration and projection, which according to her, had reduced the glamour associated with it.
Mr. Bayo Oke, while supporting the initiative of the governor, stated that private organisations would join hands with the government to develop the state’s tourism sector to enviable height.
He also commended the efforts of Aregbesola towards developing the sector and turns it into money spinning sector for the state and the country at large.
It would be recall that Aregbesola had instructed the OYES commandant to mobilise his entire corps members to the state capital, toward ensuring a hitch-free festival, which had been tagged O-fest.