KADUNA – The Kaduna State Government on Thursday urged private investors to exploit the vast tourism resources in the state.
Malam Abdulmuminu Ashafa, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics Department in the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Ashafa said the state was endowed with great tourism potentials in all its 23 local government areas.
He listed the tourism endowments to include the Nok Museum, Matsirgi Waterfall, Kagoro Hills, Kamuka National Park, Queen Amina City Wall, Hassan Usman Katsina Park, Arewa House and Trappco Ranch Resort.
According to him, the state is also blessed with rich cultural events like the Afan National festival, the annual Hawan Sallah (Dubar), Tuk-Ham, Ninzo, Kalankuwa and Atyap festivals.
“The Bazobe Cultural Troupe that performs internationally at very important functions in the country is also making the state proud,’’ he said.
The director added that the state was known for its beautiful crafts ranging from leather works, textile materials, caps, mats, baskets, pottery and blacksmithing.“Our numerous tourism attractions coupled with our heterogeneous nature have made Kaduna state to become an essential place for tourists.’’
Besides, Ashafa said the government was encouraging the diverse population to display their cultures at every given opportunity so as to attract tourists.
The director, therefore, urged private entrepreneurs to “invest in this dynamic and money spinning sector’’ to boost the economy of the state and the lives of the people.
He renewed government’s determination to create the enabling environment for investors, which would in turn boost internal revenue and help to place the state on the world’s tourism calendar. (NAN)