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Yuguda’s tourism for more revenue

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

It is a known fact that, the world over, tourism is gradually becoming the main source of revenue. People go round the world to see historical sites and natural scenes that are appealing to the eyes, not minding where such are located, a development that has now made eco-tourism a revenue earner.

It was with this in mind that the Isa Yuguda-led administration, at inception in 2007, reinvigorated the Ministry of Tourism and Culture which was established in 2002 for the purpose of protecting, preserving and promoting tourism and culture to provide recreation to consumers within and outside the state and generate revenue. 

The ministry also serves as a liaison body between the state government and five other parastatals and agencies and they are the Yankari Game Reserve, the Sumu Wildlife Park, State Museum, Open Air Theatre and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Tomb. The government is also constructing a brand new international airport in order to promote tourism by making it possible and easy for tourists to fly direct to Bauchi from where they will proceed to Yankari Games Reserve and Resort.

The ministry as it is fully operational, performs such others function as coordination of developmental policies and programmes, general advice, supervision, monitoring of the aforementioned parastatals and agencies, making it to operate under two directorates, namely the Directorate of Administration and Finance and Directorate of Culture and Tourism Board (Yankari Game Reserve and Safari Sumu Wildlife Park).

The administration, in the period under review (May 29th, 2011 to date), recorded a number of remarkable achievements under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture follows: 

i Reconstitution of the Bauchi State Tourism Board in 2011 and the resuscitation of all the twenty (20), Local Government Tourism Committees in the State. This has therefore helped in the promotion of the tourism industry at the grass root. 

 ii.The present regime is uplifting the tourism industry in the state with a view to boosting the economic development of the state. The foundation has already been laid for the construction of the park. Discussions have gone far with a private company with a view to establishing an International Amusement Park under the PPP arrangement.

 iii. The present regime has approved the expansion of Sumu Wildlife Park from 8sqkm to 41sqkm with complete fencing of the site to avoid encroachment. Work is in progress at the site. 

 iv.Government granted approval which the State Contingents participated at the 24th National Festival for Arts and Culture held in Calabar, (NAFEST 2011).   

 v. Approval was granted for the state’s participation at the 6th Abuja Carnival of Arts and Culture. The state contingents performed excellently, with first position awards in Durbar display and best decorated horses, also taking the second position in best Durbar Costumes. 

 vi.Government approval for the re-organisation of the state cultural troupes whose scope of re-organisation included the employment of 35 additional artists as well as the engaging of the services of choreographers for the training of the artists and purchase of working materials worth millions of naira for the troop.    

 vii.The state government successfully hosted the 13th State Festival of Arts and Culture (BAFEST 2011) and economic activities in the state was boosted. 

 viii. The present administration sponsored participants to the zonal workshop of the 2011 Abuja Carnival held at Jalingo, Taraba State, just as a number of staff of the ministry were sent to undergo training courses in various institutions for maximum productivity.

 ix.Monumental sites have been identified throughout the state and proposals made through memo to His Excellency for maintenance of the sites. 

 x.Reorganisation of the Yankari Game Resort and Safari management with a view to improve revenue generation, wildlife protection and other services considering the fact that the place is on the map of the word tourism sites making it to receive a number of visitors yearly.

 xi.The Tafawa Balewa tomb has been fully renovated, awaiting furniture which will soon be provided by the Bauchi State government. 

 xii.The state government has directed the ministry, in collaboration with the Toro Local Government Council, on the need to modernise the site of the Panshanu Magical stone heap with the aim of making it another site of attraction for tourists considering its historical stance in the state.



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