Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:32 pm
Mr Gbenga Olorunpomi, the Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, has said that the State Government would soon employ 3,000 workers, to boost security and tourism.
Olorunpomi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that for tourism to thrive in the state, proper security had to be in place to secure the visitors.
“We are taking our step one after the other; the development of the state is going to be built on security, peace and unity; so we take the issue of security seriously.
“That is why we have deployed so much resources to providing security gadgets for our security officers; we have done all these because we want security.
“In this regard, we want to develop our different tourism sites- Mount Patti, other sites, and the different festivals in order to attract tourists and investment to the state’’.
The aide said the government was negotiating with some organisations to develop and manage the different tourist sites in the state through public private partnership.
“In April, the British Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright, was on Mount Patti, to see the tourist site; so we are excited for the future’’.
He said the executive arm of government had sponsored bills to the State House of Assembly, to ensure the maximum use of natural resources and tourism sites in Kogi.
The aide said that the State Government was working on the Kogi Hotels, which the previous administration initiated to ensure that tourists and visitors have a good place to lay their heads.
“We are doing a lot to improve on security, peace, unity as well as promote tourism in the state”.