By Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said his administration is in talks with the private sector to transform the Hanging Natural Lake of Ado-Awaye into an international tourist attraction like the Man-made Hanging Lake in the US state of Colorado.
He made the revelation on Monday during World Tourism Day of the Year 2021 commemoration at Lac Suspendu, Iyake Hill, Ado-Awaye, in the Iseyin local government area of ââthe state.
Governor Makinde, who was represented by his special advisor on tourism, Akeem Ige, said work will begin on the development of the site as soon as the government concludes talks with the private sector. He added that his administration has put in place infrastructure that will attract tourists to the state, including the completed reconstruction of a 70-kilometer road that connects Ibadan, the state capital, to Iseyin. Ado-Awaye is about a 10-minute drive from Iseyin in the Oke-Ogun area of ââthe state.
Oyo State is ready to use tourism to boost the state’s economy, especially this hanging lake Ado-Awaye. It’s the only one we have in the world. there is no going back. This government will soon start to do something about it. We would have started last year, but COVID-19 has affected a lot. Tourism is one of the most affected sectors of the economy of Oyo State at the height of the coronavirus which has ravaged the whole world, âhe said.
The chairman of the local government of Iseyin, Mufutau Abilawon, who praised Makinde for the recovery of the state’s infrastructure development, said that the choice of “this natural wonder in Ado-Awaye for the commemoration of the Day Tourism World of the Year 2021 is a bold step in projecting the rich tourism potentials that abound in these local government areas to the global community. Today’s event will undoubtedly put the Ado-Awaye suspended lake on the world tourism map.
Ado-Awaye’s Alado, Oba Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi, of whom I am the anchor of the Vision for Redemption and Development (VRD), noted that âmost of the tourist sites are in the areas Nigeria’s rural communities and tourism is now seen as a real tool for employment opportunities and wealth creation among youth and women, who form a large part of our agricultural workforce. ‘
The founder of the American Polytechnic of Nigeria, Dr Oludare Akande, also said the private sector would provide the necessary support to the government for the potential of the lake to be fully developed, adding that consideration should be given to five-star hotels, perimeter fencing of the hill that houses the lake, improving the security architecture in the area, elevators and cable cars, as well as exploiting the opportunities built into the aviation sector to fully exploit the potentials Lake.