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FG, Ekiti declare support for Akinboboye’s Ipada Carnival 2024

Otunba Wanle Akinboboye’s Ipada Initiative and Carnival 2024, has continued to garner major support and partnership since the cultural tourism package was unveiled by him. Joining the growing ranks of supporters for making the event comes to fruition are the Federal Government and the Ekiti State Government.

Prior to this latest endorsements, Lagos State Government was the first to see the potential in the project and quickly declared its recognition and partnership for the cultural tourism event that is aimed at driving traffic to Lagos State.

The cultural tourism project, which is one of the recently unveiled tourism products for the Nigerian market by Akinboboye, who is the Founder and President of La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ikegun Village, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, falls under the 52 tourism products that he promised to release within one year as his own contribution to boosting Nigerian tourism.

The federal government through the Ministry of Tourism in declaring support for the project through a letter personally signed by the Minister for Tourism, Mrs Lola Ade-John, noted the significance and benefits of the project to Nigeria hence its decision to partner with Akinboboye’s Motherland Beckons in organising the project, which is slated to hold between November 27 and December 7, 2024 at the La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort.

‘‘Ipada Initiative and Carnival 2024 I designed to bring significant economic benefits to Nigeria via the dollar inflows that will be made by those vising Nigeria either as their sole destination or as the first stop in their journey to explore the African continent,’’ said the Minister.

Adding, ‘‘it is therefore expected to give a much – needed boost to Nigeria’s tourism industry. It is also envisaged that it will create employment and result in dollar inflows.’’ This is as she said, ‘‘I wish to assure you that the Motherland Beckons has the full support and endorsement of the Federal Ministry of Tourism in relation to the Ipada Initiative and Carnival 2024.

‘‘The Federal Ministry of Tourism intends to work closely with your organisation to ensure that this initiative, as well as the Ipada Carnival, achieve their goals and generate the envisaged economic and social benefits for Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.’’

While on its part, Ekiti State Government through the office of the Director General of Ekiti State Bureau for Tourism Development, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, noted that, ‘‘in line with the vision of the Ekiti State Government for sustainable tourism development and creating an enabling environment that showcases Ekiti’s tourism potentials,’’ the state is supporting and partnering the organisers of the event.

Stating further, ‘‘Ekiti State is positioned as a gateway through which the diaspora can access various parts of the continent, including Nigeria. The Ipada Initiative and Ipada Carnival are projected to generate significant economic benefits, especially in terms of foreign exchange income from tourists, youth employment opportunities, grassroots stakeholder participation, and inclusion of local entrepreneurs.

‘‘The Ekiti State Government fully supports this laudable initiative, recognising its potential to contribute to tourism development and the social inclusion of youths at the grassroots level.’’

It declared it commitment to working with the organisers, noting, ‘‘the Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development, through the Office of the Director General, is committed to working with you to ensure the success of the Ipada Initiative and Ipada Carnival, achieving their goals and generating the envisioned economic and social benefits for Ekiti State and Africa at large.’’

 

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