LAGOS – The Onibeju of Ibeju Land, Oba Rafiu Salami, said on Thursday that the community would partner with investors and other individuals to develop its tourism potential.
The monarch spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.
Salami said that the community, being a coastal settlement, was endowed with beaches and vegetation, noting that partnership with investors would boost tourism in the area.
He said that some of the tourism endowments in the community included three mysterious trees planted by the forefathers of the indigenes of the community.
According to the monarch, the trees are 700 years old.
The traditional ruler expressed his commitment toward supporting investors to explore the rich tourism potential of the community. [eap_ad_1] Salami said that he was in full support of the forthcoming yam festival to be held in the community on Sept. 27.
He described yam as “a symbol of peace, unity and love.’’
“It (yam) brings about cultural integration among Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa,‘’ he said.
The monarch urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to be proud of their culture anywhere in the world.
“There was a time I travelled abroad and met a Nigerian traditional ruler in suit.
“I was not happy with him and I asked him if he was not proud of our African culture and attires.
“Such attitude needs to be changed. We should always encourage the use of our African attires and practice our traditions, ‘’ Salami said.
The traditional ruler urged the media to continue to support the tourism industry in the country by highlighting its potential. (NAN)