Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has commended Dangote Group for promoting tourism potentials in Nigeria and especially in Kogi State, by sponsoring the sixth Ebira Carnival.
Noting that tourism could make the nation less dependent on oil, the governor urged other corporate bodies and rich individuals to emulate Dangote in the area of promoting culture and the tourism potentials in the country.
Lauding the foremost Nigerian conglomerate for playing a vital role in wealth creation, Bello reiterated that events such as Ebira carnival had the capacity to drive economic growth and development through a multiplier effect on others sectors.
“This administration intends to reposition Kogi State as the hub of tourism in Nigeria. We greatly appreciate the roles culture and tourism could play in achieving sustainable development and in promoting social and economic empowerment of citizens.
“The sub-sector has huge foreign and domestic investment potentials, with wide spaces for small and medium enterprises to thrive,” he said.
“We are grateful to the Dangote Group for its support to the tourism sector in the country and we are also using this opportunity to appeal to other corporate bodies and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate what Dangote is doing, for the sector to be vibrant enough to attract foreign exchange into the country,” he said.