Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Engr. Lawerence Ejiofor has reiterated the Government’s commitment to make Delta State a destination for Tourists in line with the Stronger Delta agenda.
He made this reiteration during a two day tour round some notable tourist sites in the State. According to Engr. Ejiofor, the essence of the tour was to see firsthand, the state of the tourist sites under the care of the State Government so as to be able to decide the ones to be developed and revived in order to make Delta State a beehive for tourists activity
The Commissioner appreciated His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa for his will to carry every sector along in bringing the Stronger Delta agenda to fruition. Saying that his desire and drive to shift the state from complete reliance on oil revenue is fast making the state an investors haven.
Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary Mrs Angala-Ere Umukoro-Prest, the General Manager Tourism Board, Ms Josephine Anyameluhor, Directors, as well as a few members of staff and the press, the Commissioner visited the proposed site for Leisure Park and Film Village at Ugbolu in Oshimili North Local Government Area which is being cleared as work is scheduled to commence and be concluded within 14 months; the source of The Ethiope River which runs through seven Local Governments of the State is at the foot of a giant silk cotton tree in Umuaja in Ukwuani Local Government Area as well as a relaxation spot for tourists.
Other sites visited include, the Tourism Information Desk at Osubi Airstrip, Osubi-Warri where arriving Tourist are expected to get first-hand information of the state via Tourism Promotional Materials on display; the Effurun Garden Park which is now secure and has a swimming pool, a standard bar, pockets of relaxation spots and a playground for children; The Araya Bible Site in Isoko South Local Government Area, a Christian Pilgrimage Ground believed to have been the spot where the Bible dropped from heaven in 1914, the year of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates; the Obi Oputa’s Palace and the original anchor located at Aboh in Ndokwa East Local Government Area.
Some of the sites visited have been active and working, with a few not so functional hence the determination of the Administration to find the way forward in bringing to pass it’s desire to create a tourist hub which according to Engr. Ejiofor, would put Delta state on the Tourist Map of the World and certainly increase in the State’s IGR.
Earlier, Ms Ayameluhor the GM Tourism noted that Tourism is a money spinner in today’s world and would help to foster the growth of the economy of any nation. She congratulated the governor for the initiative to step up the economy through Tourism, stressing that a lot can be done for commerce by developing these sites.