Lai Mohammed: Nigeria In Safe Hands Despite Security Challenges

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Nigeria in Safe Hands Despite Security Challenges
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that in spite of the
current security challenges,
the country is in safe hands.
The Minister, who gave the assurance while receiving the
Oluyin of Iyin-Ekiti, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye, on a
courtesy visit to his
office in Abuja on Thursday, urged Nigerians not to
succumb to the apocalyptic or doomsday predictions
about the country because such predictions won’t come
to pass.
He appealed to leaders at all levels to give the people a
message of hope instead of making comments that can
only aggravate tension
Alhaji Mohammed stressed the critical role of traditional
rulers in the maintenance of peace and security, saying
they cannot and must not
be ignored, as the nation seeks to restore peace and
security across the country.
He appealed to Oba Ajakaiye to work with his fellow
traditional rulers, as well as the Government of Ekiti State,
to ensure peace and security in the state.
Responding to a request by the traditional ruler to help put
the tourist sites in the town on the national and global
map, the Minister
pledged his readiness to leverage the media and
technology to showcase and popularize the historic ‘Esa
Cave’ as well as the ‘Okuta
Abanijorin’ (the rock that accompanies you on your trip),
both foremost tourism sites in Iyin-Ekiti, in the Irepodun/
Ifelodun local
government area of Ekiti State.
”Putting the tourist sites on the national and global map
will attract tourists, which will in turn boost the economy
of not just
Iyin town but indeed the entire Ekiti State,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed therefore directed the Directors-General
of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments
(NCMM), Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation
(NTDC) and the National Institute for
Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) to undertake a
working visit to the two tourist sites and report back to
him.
In his remarks, Oba Adeola Adeniyi Ajakaiye said Iyin-Ekiti
is blessed with numerous tourist attractions that have the
potentials to bring
the community to national and global limelight and create
jobs for its youths.
He stressed the need for the federal government to
leverage on the tourism industry in its drive to diversify
the economy away from oil.
Oba Ajakaiye used the occasion of his visit to invite the
Minister to his forthcoming coronation as well as to visit
the tourist sites at
Iyin-Ekiti – the two requests that were granted by the
Minister..
Segun Adeyemi
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
27 May 2021