Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has assured that the country is in safe hands despite the current security challenges bedeviling it.
The minister gave the assurance while receiving Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye, the Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Thursday.
He urged Nigerians not to succumb to the apocalyptic or doomsday predictions about the country because such predictions will not come to pass.
Mohammed appealed to leaders at all levels to give the people a message of hope, instead of making comments that can only aggravate tension.
He emphasised the critical role of traditional rulers in the maintenance of peace and security in the country, saying they cannot and must not be ignored.
The minister appealed to the monarch to work with his fellow traditional rulers, as well as the government of Ekiti State, to ensure peace and security in the state.
While responding to a request by the traditional ruler to help put the tourist sites in the town on the national and global map, Mohammed pledged his readiness to leverage the media and technology to showcase and popularize the historic ‘Esa Cave’, as well as the ‘Okuta Abanijorin’ (the rock that accompanies you on your trip); both foremost tourism sites in Iyin-Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local
Government Area of Ekiti.
”Putting the tourist sites on the national and global map will attract tourists, which will, in turn, boost the economy of not just Iyin town but indeed the entire Ekiti State,” he said.
Consequently, the minister directed the Directors-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), and the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) to undertake a working visit to the two tourist sites and report back to him.
In his remarks, Ajakaiye said Iyin-Ekiti is blessed with numerous tourist attractions that have the potentials to bring the community to the national and global limelight and create jobs for its youths.
He highlighted the need for the Federal Government to leverage on the tourism industry in its drive to diversify the economy away from oil.