The Eleyele Water Front situated at Eleyele, Ibadan is on the verge of becoming a tourists attraction site and a host to many nature enthusiasts from across the world.
The Waterfront will be a haven for a tourism destination in the heart of the city of Ibadan, a location for events, trips, individuals, and corporate relaxation spot, where people will go to relax and refresh their energy.
This development goes in line with Seyi Makinde’s commitment to creating tourist attraction in the State.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, disclosed this on Saturday, during the 2021 World Theatre Day, organized by the Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Oyo State Chapter, which held at the Race Course Center, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The Commissioner said all the necessary procedures are being followed to transform the City of Ibadan, into a Tourist City using the Eleyele waterfront.
He further explained that before December, the Tourism City at Eleyele Dam would be functional and that other notable dams in the State would also be developed with the procurement of modern boats for transportation on the waterfronts in place.
“By December, the Eleyele Waterfront will be a beehive of recreational activities as it would have opened to tourists from home and abroad for relaxation and rejuvenation of bodies and souls.
“Works are on to turn this vast water body to revenue-generating point for the government and the people of the State that are into hospitality and entertainment of tourists.
“The waterfront will serve the purposes, it has been there for so long without us tapping its potentials all the while, the present administration has taken interest in it and it will soon be in operation.”
He confirmed the support of some conglomerates on the new development while reiterating the commitment of Governor Seyi Makinde to promote the cultural heritage of the people and develop tourism potentials, which directed the creation of the upcoming ‘Omituntun Festival of Culture-Tourism in the State, which he said would involve the participation of every local government administrations in the State.
The Commissioner motivated the Theatre Arts Practitioners to support Engineer Seyi Makinde’s administration and always embrace unity and cooperation among themselves and other theatre groups.
Earlier in his goodwill address, the National President of ‘TAMPAN’, Otunba Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin), represented by Mr Yemi Amodu, the National Officer in charge of National Research and Documentation, prompted members to always be open to researches, innovations, self-improvement for adequate plans.
Mr Amodu, who characterized Oyo State as a real pacesetter and a home for human development, while advising the practitioners especially, youths to improve on their diction, and manner of articulation in their various projects.
The TAMPAN Governor, Oyo State Chapter, Nollywood Actress, Rose Odika, speaking on the theme for the occasion, ‘Theatre and Culture of Peace’, encouraged the members to always showcase love, unity, cooperation in both their works, ways of life, urging them as image-makers of the world to always sue for peace and harmony in the State.
Odika nonetheless pleaded with the government to curb piracy in the country, urging the Federal Task Force on Piracy to be proactive in dealing with culprits of piracy, urging the government to support the industry with funds and grants.
The Oyo State Coordinator, Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mrs Olabisi Ogundiran, happy about the celebration of the 2021 World Theatre Day, urged the practitioners to tenaciously adhere to necessary procedures that would enhance their copyrights and avoid being exploited as right owners.
Other notable dignitaries at the event include Chief Samson Eluwole, a renowned artist, Mr Yomi Duro Ladiipo, TAMPAN Deputy Governor, Alhaji Akeem Adebayo, National Social Director, TAMPAN, members of the State TAMPAN Executive and a host of others.