Following the plan to ensure tourism expansion in Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed his plan to rehabilitate the roads leading to the Iyake International Festival Ground at the foot of Ado Hills.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun stated this at the just concluded Annual Iyake International Festival in Ado Awaye, Araromi LCDA, Iseyin, Oyo State.
"Iseyin is becoming the central business unit of Oyo State hence an ease of tourist movement and attraction of more investment opportunities to the town and its environs, which will in turn boost revenue in the state's economy."
Olatubosun in his remarks spoke on the importance of promoting tourism in the state by and large, Ado Awaye which houses the only natural suspended lake in Africa and the world, Iyake Suspended Lake on the Ado Hills domiciled in the Oke Ogun Axis of Oyo State.
He further affirmed that the Infrastructural development projects embarked on by Governor Makinde have added value to tourism expansion in the State.
Olatubosun added that Iseyin has witnessed various developmental projects through the interconnectivity road network amongst the geopolitical zones with evident tourist attractions to the town and its environs.
He noted that the Iyake Suspended Lake is a universal unique gift of nature out of the 168 Tourists Sites in the State, which must be well preserved by all Stakeholders.
In a similar remark, the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Segun Olayiwola ably represented by the Director of Chieftaincy Matters, Aiki Tunde further gave the assurance of the State Government through the Ministry to rehabilitate the road network to the Ado Hills before the next annual Iyake Festival.
While responding, the Alado of Ado Awaye, His Royal Majesty Oba Revd. Ademola Folakanmi, Olugbile Makuledoye II, lauded the efforts of the Oyo State Government in tourism expansion and cultural propagation, describing this act as a beacon of hope for a thriving and sustainable economy and cultural preservation, going by the transformational and structural developments in the State. He further described Makinde as an avid lover of the Oke Ogun people.
Folakanmi then appealed to the State Government to expedite necessary actions in ensuring Ado Awaye and Ado Hill, a world-class tourist destination and site. He hinted at the discovery of 'Ona Aluyo' a route considered as 'Oju Oke' meaning the main path of breakthrough to the Ado Hill.
The Chairman Planning Committee of the Iyake International Festival, Bolatito Olalere extended appreciation to the Oyo State government for the consistent support received through the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, and Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters. He enjoined all Stakeholders to make the aforementioned vision a reality.
In their successive goodwill messages, the Curator of the National Museum of Unity, Aleshinloye Ibadan, Oriyomi Pamela Otuka and the Executive Chairman of Iseyin Local Government, Hon. Mufutau Abilawion, commented on the festival becoming a household name nationwide and across the shores of Africa, calling on Public-Private Partnership both locally and in the diaspora to invest in the promotion of this historic heritage.
Highlights of the event included Prize Giving and Decoration of the Omidan Iyake Beauty Pageant Winner, Cultural and Musical performances by the Oyo State Performing Troupe, Health Check Services, and more.
In attendance at the event were the Directorates and Managements of The National Museum of Unity, Aleshinloye, Ibadan, and Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Oyo State, Political Heads and Functionaries, Traditional Rulers, The Olori of Alado of Ado Awaye, Chief Mrs Fadekemi Folakanmi, Religious Leaders and Isese worshippers, gentlemen of the press among others.
Iyake International Festival is celebrated annually every November at the foot of Ado Hill in Ado Awaye. This year's event was a three-day long program at the newly discovered route known as 'Ona Aluyo' which played host to thousands of Tourists. The event featured a Festival Discourse, Youth Carnival, Omidan Iyake Beauty Pageant, Hiking, the Opening of Aluyo' Park and Gardens Tourism Village and many more.