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Gani Adams Takes Nigeria’s Tourism Potentials To South Africa

Posted: May 4, 2016 at 4:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigerians in South Africa have been called upon to survey the tourism sector back home when considering where and which sector is viable for investments.

The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, who is also the worldwide convener of Oodua Progressives Union (OPU), made this appeal recently, in Johannesburg, during the formal inauguration of OPU, South Africa chapter.
Addressing a mixed gathering of Nigerians from the various tribes in the country at the event which held at the Hellenic Orthodox Hall, 62 Fifth Street, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg, Otunba Adams expressed happiness at the huge number of various nationalities of the Nigerian nation.
He advised Nigerians resident in South Africa and other parts of the world to consider the tourism sector back home as a viable venture investment platform where their hard earned money is secured and blossom.

“I am glad that God is rewarding your labour in South Africa. This country is germane, conducive and breeds room for prosperity but I must, however, counsel you to always think of investing whatever you gained here back home. You should be able to ensure the sustainability and permanence of your efforts here in Nigeria and the tourism sector is one of the veritable grounds for such investments.”

“The cultural–tourism sector is still largely under invested. South Africa is a country which has harnessed the socio-cultural tourism heritage in creating employment opportunities, empowering the citizens, lubricating wealth and adding aesthetic value to the environment. Majority of you have not only been bystanders but active participants and implementers of the process of development in this country”, he said.
“You have thus participated, experienced and understood how these things are done. Your wealth of experience in these areas will be a huge benefit for Nigeria and your business at home particularly in the hospitality sector which South Africa is noted for”, he added.

The National Coordinator of the OPC revealed that the OPU was formed to serve as a clarion call for all Yoruba in Diaspora, not only to remember their cultural heritage but also to be a whistle blower to “those of you in Diaspora on investment and investible opportunities at home among other.
In his words he said: “Apart from being a socio–cultural organisation, OPU is also out to open eyes of members to investment opportunities at home and to direct them to business platforms waiting for investors to develop”.

“I must make it clear that OPU, within a few years of inauguration has been able to make landmark cultural impact in 65 countries of the world stoking the dying embers of the cultural heritage and pristine culture of Yoruba and making the race an enviable one, thereby restoring the glory of the past. It has not been story of cultural dancing and making speeches all over the world alone. OPU has been a voice of note in national discourse which has influenced the path of good governance in Nigeria”.

“Apart from serving as a tool of cultural resuscitation and regeneration, OPU is the only socio – cultural organisation which has initiated and inaugurated a housing project for its members. This housing project has saved a lot of members from being defrauded by relations, friends and land speculators”, he said.

The OPU members in South Africa distinctly showcased that they were not only happy for the inauguration of their own chapter, but extremely glad that the event was held with pomp and ceremony. The Otunba Adams delegation include; Oba Joseph Adewole, the Owa Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Chief Bola Doherty, a chieftain of Yoruba Council of Elders, Ambassador Yomi Fash Lanso, Otunba Femi Davies, CEO, Metro news, Mr Layi Ogunfowokan, and Assistant Secretary General, Oodua People’s Congress, Prince Segun Olalekan Akanni, among others.

After presentation of staff of office, Prince Adeniyi Olatunji, OPU Coordinator, South Africa chapter, commended the OPC leader for initiating the organization, saying that OPC is comparable only to the one founded by the Jews before the creation of Israel, Goethe Institute and the one founded by the Chinese in the face of globalisation threat cultural heritage of many nations. He assured the OPC leaders of strict adherence and pursuit of the vision of OPU in South Africa with all sense of belonging to galvanize members in exhibiting Omoluabi traits which will make not only the Yoruba proud, but shining stars of Nigeria in Diaspora.