Monarch wants FG to promote local festivals

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ABUJA – ruler of Iwaro-Oka, Akoko, Ondo, King Stephen Ogunoye, called Federal Government to promote  local cultural festivals to boost tourism.

Ogunoye said this at a news conference Abuja to mark end of 252th Ukori Annual Festival that took place the area.

Mr Felix Aponbiede, Youth Leader, Iwaro-Oka Akoko, who spoke behalf of the monarch, said local festivals remained one of the tourism potentials the government could exploit.

He said that Ukori festival special because it helped to eliminate diseases among .

“This is the belief of the local community,” Aponbiede said.

Ogunoye said that the festival also helped to promote peace and unity the community, notwithstanding religious differences. [eap_ad_1] He said the celebration of Ukori a continuous attempt to promote the cultural heritage of the people, adding that it had equally boosted the economy of the community.

“Ukori festival is a dramatic involving singing, dancing, masquerades parade and prayers for the community.

“Ukori festival is celebrated appreciation to the god of Ukori hill that helped the community warriors to defeat the opponent a war,’’ he said.

Ogunoye, however, called on the government to step its war against the Ebola virus .

According to him, everybody be involved in the fight against the as it portends grave danger to humanity.

He called on Nigerians to their environment clean, adding that since cure had not been found for the virus all hand must be on deck to prevent further spread of the virus.

The ruler also said that 91 masquerades featured at the festival and it witnessed a large turnout of people in and around the state. (NAN)