Abuja - The people of Kano State have not discarded their culture and tradition despite the exposure of citizens to the outside world.
This is in spite of long-term interaction with Europeans and Arabs.
The State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, stated this during a courtesy call by the management team of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), led by the Director General, Sally Mbanefo.
The governor maintained that the people of the state are culture minded people who traditions and historical sites entail huge potential for tourism.
“You would not see any cultural incursion in Kano because the dominance of Hausa Language is beyond the borders of the state and that assisted in protecting the culture of Kano people," said Ganduje.
He pointed out Kano's population was the highest in the country and population was part of tourism attraction.
"You need the people, you need business, you need trade and whatever you do, you need people to patronize whatever you do,” Ganduje said.
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He added that there are several attractive sites like the over-500-years-old Kurmi market and Kano Zoological Garden which recently enhanced and stocked, as well as the new zoo, established along Zaria road.
The governor revealed that the state government was willing to partner any serious investor that want to build a five- star hotel in the state to help boost its tourism and commercial potentials.
He assured that the government would give free land for that purpose.
The governor then invited the NTDC executives to attend the forthcoming Edil Kabir Durbar in Kano so that she and other dignitaries that would accompany her would better appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the Kanawa.
Mbanefo said they were exploring ways to partner with the government in promoting the state’s prestigious tourism sites, with the view to contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
She lamented that although Nigeria is "the giant of Africa", tourism is at the lowest level in contributing to GDP, which is just four percent, while countries like Kenya are contributing over 15 of their GDP through tourism sites attractions.
She noted that Kano Durbar was rated as best in the whole world, assuring that NTDC would do its best to promote the event.
- CAJ News