*says its the only natural suspended lake worldwide
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Alado of Ado-Awaye in Oyo State, Oba Ademola Olugbile on Monday called on the Federal and Oyo State governments to develop the Ado Awaye suspended lake to a major tourist centre in Nigeria.
Addressing a press conference at the Oyo state NUJ Press centre in Iyaganku , Ibadan on the maiden edition of “Iyake Mountain Climbing and Obstacles Race Festival”
to be held in the town in December, next year, Oba Olugbile said the time has come for Nigerians and the government to see tourism as a means of generating revenue.
The royal father stressed that, the Ado Awaye suspended lake as the only natural suspended lake throughout the world if developed and adequately tapped by the government can on its own alone generate not less than 50 percent of the Oyo State Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) among others.
“Ado-Awaye is a town with a lot of potentials, this Iyake Mountain Festival is a special adventure tourism packageThe Iyake Festival is to be a foremost tourism brand in Oyo State that we will be proud of in years to come, it not only uniques for being the only natural one in the world, it is also unique being a spiritual source, medical source, emotional resource, educative and cultural resources destination in concept and nature,” he said.
Oba Olugbile added, ” tourism is another way that can served as source of income for the government particularly the Oyo state government
Speaking the maiden “Iyake Festival, the Alado of Ado-Awaye disclosed that the festival is scheduled to hold between December 7th to 11, 2021 while its test run would come up between April 2nd to 5th next year both in Ado Awaye land,
Oba Olugbile pointed out that “the vision is to create a platform aimed at placing IYAKE Festival as a convergence where sporting activities, tourism, entertainment, arts and business potentials are explored maximally”
The Alado of Ado-Awaye while emphasizing the importance of tourism development to nation building noted, “for this new activation, the Ado Awaye Tourism Heritage Development Initiative (ATHDI) is partnership with a first class Tourism Company, RED ALERT Consult (RAC) to pilot and organise. RAC is bringing over 15years of relevant experience in the Tourism sub sector”
According to the royal father, “the Iyake Festival is to be a foremost tourism brand in Oyo State that we will be proud of in years to come, it not only uniques for being the only natural one in the world, it is also unique being a spiritual source, medical source, emotional resource, educative and cultural resources destination in concept and nature”
Oba Olugbile then solicited the support of all and sundry for the project not just by giving it their support but all by opening their business networks within corporate Nigeria and beyond to aid in marketing initiatives of the brand
Chief Executive Officer of Red Alert Counsult Limited, Sir. Babatunde Obalana while speaking said the state Commissioner for Infomation, Culture and Tourism has endorsed the project, and that himself and his team are determined to change the nomenclature of tourism in Southwest Nigeria
“The fastest development project is the tourism, our plan is to turn around Ado-Awaye into a world class tourism destination, we have been on this for the past nine months ago, so this is not just an idea we only wake up one today to do, we want to make the lake an international brand. We have made a lot of consultation with the present administration in the state, and the state government has also visited Ado-Awaye twice, a lot of investors has also been approaching us on the tourism and we are sure that the government will reason along with us as the needs arises”, he said
The maiden edition of Iyake Mountain Climbing and Obstacles Race Festival was initiated by the Ado-Awaye Tourism Heritage Development Initiative, in conjunction with Red Alert Consult Limited, and powered by Dr. Oludare Akande, who is the Founder, American Polytechnic of Nigeria, Wasinmi, Oyo State.