By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
In a bid to improve on the revenue base of Ekiti State, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has expressed the readiness of his administration to build the site of the first plane crash in Africa which is in the state into a tourist’s center.
The relics of the 2nd World War German plane which was conveying ammunition’s crashed at exactly 8:00pm on April 2nd,1947 at Okelapa, Ikogosi Ekiti,killing all the people on board.
Speaking in Ikogosi-Ekiti on Friday after inspecting the relics of the crashed aeroplane site, Fayemi, represented by the Director General of the Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo- Lanre, disclosed that the action would not only help in shaping history, but would expand the revenue base of the state.
He said that Governor Kayode Fayemi was committed to identifying the various tourist and cultural sites in the State with a view to adding value to them.
He said government was desirous of turning the sites to sources of empowerment,saying that the upgrading of the Council to a full-flegged Ministry of Tourism,Arts and Culture was a development that has created an enabling environment crucial to achieving the cultural – tourism vision of Fayemi’s government .
Inspecting the relics of the aircraft, the Fayemi pointed out that “necessary steps would be put in place to ensure that the site is giving a face-lift to attract tourists saying all the tourist and cultural sites in Ekiti would be upgraded to acceptable global standard and showcase to the world.
“I appreciate the government for developing the Ikogosi Warm Spring Resort site to an acceptable global standard as demonstrated by facilities being provided at the site”.
The Onikogosi of Ikogosi,Oba Elijah Olorunisola, pledged the readiness and cooperation of the town at ensuring that the site is given a face-lift in order to attract tourists from far and near which according to him would have a multiplier effect on the revenue base of the people and the government.
Oba Olorunisola lamented the attitude of the immediate past administration towards the tourist site which he said did not only suffer neglect during that period but was vandalized .
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,Alhaji Ganiyu Titilope,said the Fayemi led government has given the Ministry the necessary impetus to deliver on his mandate to make Ekiti the hub of tourism, arts and culture in the country.