The Nigerian Ambassador to Jamaica, Hon Mrs. Maureen Tamuno, has hailed Osun State as a place with rich cultural heritage, adding that the government and its people have invested appreciably in preserving its rich traditions.
Tamuno, who led a delegation from the Rivers State All Progressive Congress on a courtesy call on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in his office, on Friday, described her experience in Osun as a revelation worth exporting.
She indicated her willingness to collaborate with the government of the State of Osun toward leveraging on the bilateral agreement that exists between Nigeria and Jamaica.
In his remark, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, lauded the Ambassador for seeing the possibility of a collaboration, adding that Osun deserves greater attention in the international space because of its huge cultural capital.
“Our state is the cradle of the yoruba race and by extension the cradle of mankind. So there is no reason why we should not seriously market what we have.
“During our annual Osun-Osogbo festival, people travel from far and near to come and celebrate the festival at the UNESCO rated Grove. We have several tourist sites all over the State and what we try to do is to bring in the private sector to participate in the development of these sites. We are ready to package these sites and market to other countries.
“I am glad that you have willingly tried to see the possibilities of a robust collaboration. That is the essence of having representatives who recognise the values in their home front.
“We are ready to partner with well-meaning people and export our culture in the process. We are ready to welcome investors. We are committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, and we make bold to say that Osun is relatively the most peaceful State.
“We are committed to a creative way of marketing what God has given to us, while also making gains from cultural tourism”, Oyetola stated.