The prestigious National Institute on Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has made interests known and shown readiness in tapping the Osun State tourism potentials by working towards making the tourist sites enjoy local and international attractions. Global Excellence gathered that NIPSS in a letter addressed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola said it was ready to develop a strategy framework for the transformation of the state into a top tourism destination in Africa, stating that Osun State is blessed with a good number of natural tourist sites.
The tourist centres, according to NIPSS presents huge potentials that the government must utilize to the benefits of the citizens. As part of its preparation for the development of the framework, a team from the NIPSS visited Osun State a few days ago for a tour of the tourist sites, the team also held consultation and preliminary discussion with the relevant stakeholders in the tourism sector. The letter signed by NIPSS’ Managing Consultant, Asipita Umar reads in parts ‘Osun is a state whose history, rich heritage and mesmerizing attraction make it a fascinating, unique and outstanding tourism destination.
The tremendous aura of tradition mixed with a touch of modernity that oozes from Osun State, which is appreciated as a hub of cultural renaissance presents a huge tourism potentials which the state government must exploit to the socio-economic benefits of its citizens. In view of the foregoing and within the context of the mandate of the National Institute, we have resolved to engage the state government on a project to do a detailed study of the tourism potentials of Osun State with a view to crafting a medium-to-long term state strategy for transforming the sector.
The project will involve a programme of packaging each tourist site for greater local and international attraction, crafting a funding plan and a programme of marketing the tourism attractions of Osun globally’, Asipita stated.