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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Anambra To Earn More From Tourism

Anambra State Commissioner for Indigenous Art, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism Mrs. Sally Mbanefo has said she will make tourism a major earner.

She spoke when she visited Blessed Iwene Tansi Tomb and Obu Gad, the historical origin of the Igbo in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government.

Mbanefo promised to use her experience to turn around tourism and create jobs for youths.

The former director-general of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), said tourism had the potential to drive any nation’s economy.

According to her, the tour of tourism sites is to enable her have appreciate what Anambra is endowed with.

Mbanefo said Tansi tomb and Obu Gad, believed to be home of Eri, the Igbo ancestor, would be upgraded to tourism sites.

She said the tomb would be made a world-class tourists’ destination.

“The importance of the visit is to pay tribute to the land and recognise and appreciate Aguleri’s rich cultural heritage sites.

“We will make sure that the tomb of Blessed Iwene Tansi is turned into a religious tourism site.

“Tourism is the greatest employer of labour and it contributes a lot to gross demotic product of other countries.

“So, my vision is to use my experience to make Anambra Centre of Tourism in Nigeria,” she said.

Igwe Chukwuemeka Eri, the traditional ruler of Enugu-Aguleri, who received the commissioner, congratulated her on her appointment.

Eri urged the government to promote the Aguve Tree, also called the Trinity Tree, by documenting its mystery.

He enjoined Governor Willie Obiano to fulfil his promise to build roads leading to tourism sites, and alleviate hardship.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the commissioner also visited Owerri Ezukala Cave and Waterfall, a UNESCO-approved heritage site.

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