Folorunsho Coker, Managing Director of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), and Hajo Sanni, Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), say the annual Durbar of the emirate of Ilorin can be used as a springboard to attract foreign investment to Nigeria.
Sanni and Coker spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State during the 2022 Ilorin Emirate Durbar held at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
The UNESCO Ambassador, represented by Uche Ibe, said the durbar was good enough to attract foreign tourists to Kwara who could, in turn, invest in the state due to its serene environment.
She said that UNESCO “is convinced that no development can be sustainable without a strong cultural component.
“I want to defend the idea that the solutions we are looking for to the great global challenges lie in the full exploitation of our cultural heritage.
“On this point, I challenge our cultural sentinels to do all they can to promote cultural renewal.”
In his goodwill message, the DG of NTDC, represented by Nana Yakubu, thanked the Emir, the organizers and the people of the emirate of Ilorin for a beautiful demonstration of culture.
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Also speaking, the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq congratulated the Amir, the organizers and the people of the Emirate of Ilorin for the successful holding of the Durbar.
Earlier, Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee Chairman Yahaya Alapasanpa called on the governor to use his influence to attract foreign tourists to the state to attend the Durbar event.
This, he said, would encourage tourists to invest in the state, thereby improving the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.
Alapasanpa said the annual event encourages natives of the emirate of Ilorin to return home to celebrate with their friends and relatives and see where they can contribute to the development of Ilorin and the state as a whole.