From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin
Nigeria’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, Dr. Hajo Sanni, and the chief executive of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Chief Folorunsho Coker, said on Sunday that the emirate’s annual durbar Ilorin could be used as a springboard to attract foreign investment to Nigeria.
Sanni and Coker spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State during the 2022 Ilorin Emirate Durbar held at the forecourt of the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu -Gambari.
The UNESCO Ambassador, represented by Dr Uche Ibe, said the durbar was good enough to attract foreign tourists to Kwara State who could in turn invest in the state due to its environment serene.
She said that UNESCO, “is convinced that no development can be sustainable without a strong cultural component.
“I want to defend the idea that the solutions we are looking for to the great global challenges lie in the full exploitation of our cultural heritage.
“With this, I challenge our cultural sentinels to do all they can to promote cultural renewal.
In his goodwill message, the DG of NTDC, represented by Mrs. Nana Yakubu, thanked the Emir, the organizers and the people of the emirate of Ilorin for a beautiful demonstration of culture.
Also speaking, the Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq congratulated the Emir, the organizers and the entire people of the Emirate of Ilorin for the successful holding of the durbar.
Earlier, Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee Chairman, Engr Yahaya Alapasanpa called on Governor AbdulRazaq to use his influence to attract foreign tourists to the state to attend the durbar program.
This, he said, will encourage the tourist to invest in the state, thereby improving the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.
Alapasanpa said the annual event
encourages the natives of Ilorin Emirate to return home to celebrate with their friends and relatives and see where they can contribute to the development of Ilorin and the State as a whole.