Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello has called on the people of the state and other Nigerians to take advantage of the tourism potentials in the state, particularly the confluence of the Rivers Niger and Benue to generate income and improve on standard of living.
He promised to invest more resources in the culture and tourism sector to create jobs for the youth and as well as improve the revenue base of the state.
Speaking on Saturday, during the launch of an album titled “Ohi Meyi” produced by Yusuf Juwa Ozi Okara at the Reverton Hotel Lokoja, Kogi state, the governor assured that there would be return on investment for whoever invests in tourism , saying his administration would continue to ensure a secured environment.
The governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Abdulkarim Muhammed- Jamiu Asuku, said the revenue from oil has dwindled and could no longer be relied upon, noting that there is every need to diversify the economy toward tourism and other viable sectors.
“In Kogi State we are blessed with a lot of tourism potential that is not yet tapped by individual and corporate organisations. I am calling on Nigerians to take advantage of the confluence of the river Benue and Niger to generate income and boost the state’s economy” he said.
While assuring the entertainment sector of his continued support to ensure that they are always in business, the governor said gone are the days when talents are allowed to waste without harnessing them.
“For our youths who will want to go into the entertainment industry, be rest assured that my administration would continue to support you to grow” he assured.
Earlier, the organizers of the occasion thanked the governor for his support which they said has helped them to survive the difficult time occasioned by paucity of funds.
Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Mrs. Billi Avoyi Nwogu, who is also a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, called for support for other well to individuals, so as to sustain the entertainment industry in the state.