*advocates more attention to tourism development
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travel Management Company, Absolute Success Travels (Ufitfly), Evangelist Ajibola Ogunkeyede has hinted that the company is to give two sports writers in Oyo State free ride to Japan for Tokyo Olympics next year.
Evangelist Ogunkeyede dropped this hint while speaking as a Guest Lecturer at the Oyo SWAN Day organized by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Oyo State Chapter held at the NUJ Press Centre Iyaganku Ibadan.
He stressed in the lecture titled “Tourism and Sports: The Needed Synergy”, the importance of Tourism to the development of a country if properly utilised and package.
Evangelist Ogunkeyede emphasized the need for governments in the country to focus on Tourism as way of enhancing the nation’s economy and develop our sporting sector.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travel Management Company, Absolute Success Travels stressed further that his Company, is making another arrangements to fly sports journalists and sports fans to Japan at subsidized charges for Tokyo Olympic and other global sports meets scheduled for next year.
“We are going to sponsor two SWAN members to Japan as part of our partnership with this great Association under the Chairmanship of Niyi Alebiosu. Aside this, we are also making travelling arrangements to fly sports journalists from Oyo state willing to cover Tokyo Olympics next year to Japan at subsidized charges”,he said.
Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor on Cultures and Tourism, Honourable Akeem Ademola Ige while speaking disclosed that one of the reasons the Governor Seyi Makinde administration is remodeling the 30 year old Lekan Salami Stadium ” is to make the state a tourist destination.”
The Special Adviser then urged journalists as societal watchdogs to play their role objectively.
Oyo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Comrade Ademola Babalola laude Oyo SWAN leadership for the success of the event and assured that his administration will continue to support the Association to achieve its desires.