Ekiti To Boost Tourism With Ado-Ekiti Wonder Rocks

July 1, 2013

L-R: Chairman, Ado-Ekiti abattoir, Alhaji Mustapha Kareem (2nd left); Governor Kayode Fayemi; and Chairman, State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Adebayo Morakinyo, at an inspection of the the State's main Abattoir, during the Monthly Environmental Sanitation exercise.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has said that the State Government would soon boost its tourism corridors with the inclusion and development of Okuta Gb’okutaru rock in Ado Ekiti.

The Governor who made this known in Ado Ekiti during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise said he had given a directive that the tourism site be fenced round to forestall further bastardisation by people who have turned the site to a dunghill.

The wonder rock which is made up of many rocks has two main rocks which rest on each other as though they would fall but have remained glued together for generations only by a tiny slate of stone.

Dr. Fayemi said that though the natural tourism attraction is located within a residential area, government does not intend to evacuate the people living in the area but has mandated them to ensure regular cleaning of the site and prevent it from being used as site for indiscriminate disposal of waste.

He said that the people residing in the area will not only become the keepers of the tourism site but would also take ownership of the place since it is within their residential environment.

While allaying fears that the residents might abuse the site by turning it to a toilet, the Governor stated that Government is making considerable progress in the provision of public toilets even as the State Ministry of Environment would soon begin the construction of same across the State capital.

Fayemi  who recalled that provision of toilets was part of his discussion with Landlord and Residents Association in Ado Ekiti a few weeks ago said the transformation witnessed in the State in the last couple of months are not unconnected to the attitudinal change in the people, which he said is spearheaded by people in Government.

The Governor who also visited the Ado Ekiti main abattoir and Moferere new market urged market women who have already secured shops in the new market to move in rather than remain on roads where their safety is not guaranteed.

On the Governor’s entourage were the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Eniola Ajayi, her counterpart in the Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Tayo Ekundayo, the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Yinka Oyebode, Special Adviser, Governor’s Office, Chief Biodun Akin- Fasae and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Mr Kola Ajumobi among others.

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