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Deputy Speaker Markets Nigerian Culture In Malaysia

Posted: Jan 19, 2016 at 11:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Deputy Speaker Markets  Nigerian Culture  In Malaysia

By Bamidele Ogunwusi

IMG_20160110_064819The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Sulaimon Lasun Yusuff, has described Nigeria as a paragon of tourism which shares similarities in cultural configuration, climate and values with Malaysia.

He made this observation after a tour of Mari Mari Cultural Village in Shaba, Malaysia as part of the activities lined up for the 23rd Conference of Speakers and Presiding officers of the Commonwealth holding in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Yusuff, who was amazed at the passion with which Malaysia government sells and promotes its tourism potentialities, commended the organiser of the conference for including tour as part of the events that made the programme a ‘conducive, evergreen and memorable one to be relished and appreciated for many years to come”.

According to Mr Wole Oladimeji, Media Adviser to Honourable Lasun, the tour of Mari Mari Village was an eye opener and an opportunity for the RT Hon deputy speaker to sell Nigerian tourism to Malaysian.

“I am happy to be in this cultural village. It is an opportunity for me to see and acquaint myself with the tourism potentialities of this great country which shares identifiable similarities with Nigeria in terms of culture, geographical configuration and climate. What I am seeing here is almost what we have in Nigeria with little differences which both countries need to synergise efforts at packaging for profitability”.

The Deputy Speaker described Malaysia as “Nigeria’s Siamese twins. The only difference so far is the fact that one is located in West Africa and the other is planted in the East. However, both countries are of almost the same cultural values and geographical contraption”.

He called on Malaysians to endeavour to visit Nigeria and see the wonderful natural tourism assets which God planted within the territory.

“Inasmuch as I appreciate the strategy adopted to market and sell your tourism assets, I will encourage you all to visit Nigeria and have a feel of the numerous wonderful natural tourism assets which my country is blessed with”.

Honourable Lasun pointed out “it will interest you that Nigeria is blessed with the only suspended Lake in West Africa, Ado Awaye Suspended Lake in Oyo State. Nigeria also harbours seven National Parks. The Osun Osogbo Grove which has been adopted and passed as A World Heritage Site by the UNESCO is an ecotourism/Cultural Grove with historical relevance, Agbokim Waterfall in Cross River, Olumirin waterfall in Erin Ijesa, Osun State, the only country in West–Africa which harbours the only Warm and Cold Spring running side by side and meet at a point in Ikogosi Ekiti, Ekiti State.

“The country is blessed with thousand of cultural festivals and carnivals specifically Carnival Calabar, River Carnival and long stretch of coastline with beautiful beaches.”

He then informed Malaysians that  the present government has revealed its tourism policy which dwells on cultural tourism and which incidentally is the pivot of Malaysia’s tourism vision. It is left for the two countries to synergise efforts , collaborate and bring the best out of tourism for the benefit of their citizens”

He promised: “I am assuring you that whenever it is the time for Nigeria to host this conference or any, you will not leave our country without having a feel of our tourism sites.”