By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun on Saturday said the state government would not relent in its drive to promote its tourism potentials.
Mr Arulogun stated this while speaking at the maiden edition of the Oyo State Twins Festival held at Igboora in Ibarapa Central local Government area of Oyo state attended by about 2,034 set of twins and tens of multiple births from across the state.
The Commissioner maintained that
the twins festival was organized in collaboration with Twins World Creations, Ibarapa Central Local Government, Igboora Progressive Union and the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation and that the festival was aimed at placing Igboora on the World map as the World Highest twinning centre,
Mr Arulogun added that the twins festival was also an avenue to promote its predominant meal “Amala and Ilasa”, attributed as the cause of multiple births in the town.
Emphasizing that the Oyo state government’s effort will place the town and Oyo State in general on the World Map as the foremost twins’ tourism destination in the world, Mr Arulogun assured that the state government would not relent in its drive to promote its tourism potentials.
The Commissioner stressed that twins were invited from far and near to celebrate twins and multiple births from Igboora in commemoration of the Twins Festival as the festival was a platform to showcase Igboora town with the unique feature of the highest rate of twins and multiple births in the world.
Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government, Hon. Habib Ibrahim in his address said research affirms that Igboora alone can boast of 158 sets of twins for every one thousand life births, and that available evidence attest to the fact that twins are born in Igbooraland more than anywhere else in the world.
“A walk through the town can easily attest to this. There is no household without a history of at least a set of twins. This trend has made us not to see twin birth as a special phenomenon in Igboora, as it is elsewhere in the world.”
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers at the event, Oba Jamiu Badmus, the Olu-Aso of Iberekodo, who is also the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, advocated collaborative efforts of all stakeholders to sustain the festival, noting that efforts should be made to make it an international one towards making it a tourist event as a means of generating foreign exchange.