Of Layi OlanrewajuIlorine
from Nigeria The Permanent Delegate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Hajo Sanni, and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Folorunsho Coker, said yesterday that the annual Ilorin Emirate durbar could be used as a springboard to attract foreign investment to Nigeria.
They spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, during the 2022 Ilorin Emirate Durbar at the forecourt of the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
The UNESCO Ambassador, who was represented by Uche Ibe, said the durbar is 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. With that, I challenge our cultural sentinels to do all they can to promote cultural renewal.
The director general of the NTDC, who was represented by Nana Yakubu, thanked the emir, the organizers and the people of the emirate of Ilorin for a beautiful display of culture.
Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq congratulated the Emir, the organizers and the entire people of the emirate of Ilorin for the successful holding of the durbar.
Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee Chairman Yahaya Alapasanpa called on Governor AbdulRazaq to use his influence to attract foreign tourists to the state to attend the durbar program.
This, he said, will encourage tourists to invest in the state, thereby enhancing its internally generated revenue.