Osun Government, has pledged to intensify its efforts in promoting and developing culture and tourism in order to increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the State.
This was re-iterated by the Chairman, Committee on Internally Generated Revenue, Prince Sola Adewumi at a meeting held with the management of Osun Council for Arts and Culture held at the State Secretariat Complex, Osogbo, on Thursday.
The Chairman explained that the administration of Governor Ademola Adeleke is very much interested in making culture and tourists’ centres sources of income to the Government.
Prince Adewumi stressed further that culture is one of the major sectors which government would be exploiting for improved IGR. He therefore encouraged the management of the Agency to submit the list of their needs to the appropriate quarters, as soon as possible, so that they can be adequately equipped for quality delivery.
While speaking, the Director, Visual Art Department of the Agency, Mr Kelvin Nordiana said, Culture drives Tourism, clarifying that they are two coins of different sides.
He also explained that one of the Vital Departments in the Agency, Field Research and Documentation needs quick intervention of government, alerting that the Department is almost dead.
He added that there are various units in the Agency which include: Graphics Art, Printers, Crafts, and Tailoring Unit, noting that the staff are in high spirit with renewed sense of commitment to work hard and generate more revenue into the coffers of government. He therefore appealed to government to assist in terms of funding for the smooth running of the Agency.