The Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism says it will spend over N2billion on some key projects, especially the construction of Museum, renovation of homes and photographic exhibition of State Icons as well as the development of various tourist sites across the state.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon Muyiwa Oladipo who disclosed this at the Budget defence held at the State House of Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the Ministry was ready to develop tourism and use it as platform of boosting the state revenue.
Oladipo however disclosed that the Ministry would be spending a total of N2,162,781,350,000bn on capital projects as the state would be embarking on massive development and construction of museums across the three Senatorial Districts.
“We will be spending over N2 billion in 2018, this is a State that is very rich in culture, our cultural heritage spreads across the entire state and we must plan ahead to preserve it.
“At the Budget presentation, His Excellency did inform the House and the entire State that we intend to have museums in each of the Senatorial Districts to reflect the richness in culture of these districts, we will be rebuilding and restructuring some of the sites like ‘Bilikisu Sungbo’ that is already on ground we will revive them and make them a place to visit,” he said.
He said the Ministry has generated a total sum of N5,463,00m out of the set target of N15,000,000m in 2017 amounting to 54.8 per cent, assuring the House that the Ministry would not relent at making up with its new revenue target of N12m for 2018 fiscal year.
He also disclosed that the state would be hosting the third edition of its drums festival come 2018.
The Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Olusola Sonuga acknowledged the efforts of the Ministry at developing tourism and culture, urging it to improve on its IGR.