Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has called on stakeholders to salvage the country from the present economic crunch caused by the sharp drop in the price of crude oil.
Oyinlola made the call at a cultural programme organised by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) titled: “Orisa Dancers of Yoruba land”, in Osogbo Thursday.
The former governor, who is the current CBCIU chairman stated that it is high time the country diversified its economy to survive the current economy hardship.
“Kenya, Egypt depend largely on tourism, but we have been complacent in Nigeria here because of crude oil which can no longer sustain us instead of taking good advantage of God-given gifts to improve on our economy. It is high time we diversified our economy in diverse ways to survive the current hardship.
“We are aware that Osun and indeed Nigeria are sitting on what could be regarded as a goldmine of culture and tourism that are highly regarded as the world’s biggest economic force today because it circulates more money and inspires more investment and social contract than any other economic factor. That is why we must urgently key into this to improve our economy,” Oyinlola stressed
He then assured President Muhammadu Buhari of full support through cultural and tourism development.
Oyinlola also promised to, under the auspices of CBCIU, go the whole hog in developing culture and tourism potentials in the state to boost the nation’s economy.
He added that CBCIU would collaborate with Governor Raid Aregbesola’s administration to develop tourism and culture in the land with a view to maximising their potentialities.