Ojo-Lanre’s appointment as Ekiti DG tourism, a right step in a right direction – Gani Adam …urges other S/West Governors to take a cue from Oyebanji


  • By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti

The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has described the appointment of erstwhile Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre as a right step in a right direction.

While commending the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Biodun Oyebanji for his efforts in driving the state’s tourism, Chief Adams added that the appointment of veteran journalist, and tourism guru, Wale Ojo-Lanre, as the Director-General, Bureau of Tourism Development is a perfect match for the growing vision of the government.


Adams’ commendation was contained in a release made available to TopNewsng by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi.

The Yoruba generallissimo said, Ekiti State had what it takes to promote the tourism potential of the state, insisting that with the new Director-General, the state would fulfil its lofty dreams and maximize its great potentials in tourism.

The Areonakakanfo said, “Let me appreciate the governor for this bold initiative. Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre’s appointment as the Director-General, Bureau of Tourism Development is a perfect match for the state tourism sector and as a culture promoter; I am optimistic that Ojo-Lanre would transform the sector.

“He did it briefly during the administration of former governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi and with governor Oyebanji at the helm now, I know the state will further fulfil its dreams in tourism.

“Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre has distinguished himself as a worthy ambassador of the sector. He is such success- driven personality with a big ambition to make the difference in his area of specialisation.

In the same vein, the Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF) also described
Oyebanji as a visionary leader, whose efforts at turning Ekiti state around is noteworthy.

The Yoruba cultural promotion group made this known in a statement by the Director of Communications, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin.

The body described Wale Ojo-Lanre’s appointment as well-deserved, especially, for a state that is ready to transform the sector.

“Governor Abiodun Oyebanji saw the need to make Ekiti State the tourism destination in Nigeria and he appointed Barrister Wale Ojo-Lanre as the DG Bureau of Tourism Development.

“It is like putting a round peg in a round hole and Ekiti State tourism will be better for this, because Ojo-Lanre is a guru in the sector and he will definitely bring his years of experiences to bear in ensuring that Ekiti state retains its place in the world as one of the foremost tourism destinations in the world.

“It is a new dawn in Ekiti, the tourism sector will wear a new look and the state will come out stronger and better.

“I am using this opportunity to advise other states in the South-West to harness the tourism sector as avenues to drive the development in the respective states”, Oguntimehin said.

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