Calabar- Mr Fidelis Ugbo, the Labour Party’s (LP) governorship candidate in Cross River, has promised to exploit the tourism potential of the state to create jobs for youths, if elected.
Ugbo, who is the immediate past Secretary of National Planning Commission, made the promise while addressing supporters of the party in Calabar on Wednesday.
He said Cross River was blessed with enormous tourism potentials, adding that such resources needed to be harnessed for the growth of the state.
“Cross River is widely known for its tourism and hospitality, we need to improve on this sector in order to create jobs for our teeming unemployed youths and engage them in meaningful activities.
“Tourism is not carnival; we need to add value and culture to promote the tourism sector in the state.
“If I win the governorship polls, my administration will work with stakeholders in the tourism sector to make the state a world class tourists’ destination.
“One good thing about tourism is that it creates jobs. This ranges from tour guides, hotel staff, coach services, restaurants, car hire station, sport equipment, rentals and others,’’ he said.
According to him, if the tourism sector is properly managed, it will attract tourists into the state, thereby increasing its revenue profile.
“Tourism goes beyond carnival, it should not only be a Christmas celebration, it should be all-year round activities that will attract investors and tourists from far and near.
“A good tourism sector brings prosperity to an economy and allows the local community to diversify its sources on income and rely less on the government’’, he said.
He added that his administration would develop more tourism sites in the state, with a view to bringing prosperity to its economy. (NAN)