The Nigerian Union of Journalists, Anambra Council, has called on the state government to take the development of tourism sites as core area of revenue generation and job creation.
The Chairman, Dr Emeka Odogwu, made this call during the council’s picnic to Ogbunike Cave and Waterfall, in Oyi Local Government Area on Thursday, as part of its 2022 Press Week activities.
Odogwu said well-developed tourist sites across the globe had remained major sources of income to nations, adding that Anambra should not be left out in harnessing its natural endowment to benefit the populace.
He said Anambra was blessed with so much of such natural and tourist sites.
Odogwu said the sites required government attention in terms of renovation and maintenance, to attract people to visit and wealth generation for government.
“We work round the clock in this part of the world.
“We need sites of relaxations with family members and friends after hard days, weeks and months of struggles to meet up with life challenges and responsibilities.
“We can make within us relaxing environments as seen in places of western world.
“We all cannot travel to the United States, London, Canada, France, Germany and Mexico among others, for holidays.
“We can holiday in here, if government creates enabling environment,“ he said.
Odogwu listed tourism sites in Anambra to include Igboukwu Museum, Ancient Kingdom Ogbaukwu Cave and Waterfall, Nri Ancient kingdom, Ogbunaka Waterfalls and Nnamdi Azikwe Statute which are located in various council areas of the state.
He said if all the sites were considered as vital for development, they would generate revenue for the state and create jobs for skilled and un-skilled persons within their areas of residence and checkmate criminality.