The Honorable Commissioner, Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Hon. Orman Esin has applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for investing on key sectors of the economy that enable the State to remain top as destination for culture and tourism in Nigeria.
Hon. Esin stated this on Monday during a radio programme, Akwa Ibom Arising on Inspiration FM 105.9 Uyo hosted by Mr Aniekeme Finbarr.
He noted that the newly established industries and huge investment on social developments have brought key investors and businessmen within and outside Nigeria, which he said has boosted the activities of culture and tourism in the State.
He acknowledged that with series of programmes and activities organised in the state during the festive season, Akwa Ibom State is seen as one of the biggest tourist destination for most people and adding that the ministry is working towards getting legislative approval to sustain many festive programmes and activities beyond a particular administration.
He assured that the ministry will be back very strong to engage the people of the state with several activities shortly after the heat of the Covid 19 pandemic and will also bring out people to come together and celebrate life.
On what to expect in this year’s Christmas season, the Commissioner insisted that any event that will be organised in the State must be in line with the safety protocols designed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“If you can recall on last year December, we had a Christmas Village and the space provided was 11 hectares of land, we only make use of 3.5 hectares and it was huge. So if we have to consider such an event this time in line with the safety protocol, we have to expand and take advantage of the full 11 hectares of land. With that we can have a full physical and social distancing while the event is taking place”. He said
He assured that they will be programmes at Christmas season to celebrate the birth of Christ and to also thank God for coming out victorious in an unpredictable year ravaged by the scourge of corona virus pandemic.
On the latest development in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, he said that the Ministry in collaboration with Akwa Ibom State Hotels Management and Tourism Board has set up guidelines for hotels operation in the State.
“Adequate guidelines have been issued to hotel operators as part of measures taken to prevent the spread of corona virus within hotels and other tourist centres in Akwa Ibom State.”
He noted that the monitoring team is specifically concerned on compulsory use of face mask, provision of water and hand sanitizer for washing of hands and limited number of people in hotel facilities to maintain social and physical distancing.