Ijebu-Ode - The Ogun Government has commended organisers of the annual Ojude Oba Festival, held in Ijebu-Ode, for consistently promoting the state's tourism potentials through the event.
Mrs Yewande Amusan, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, gave the commendation on Tuesday while addressing newsmen on the 2014 Ojude Oba Festival in Ijebu-Ode.
She said that the festival was a cultural heritage worth preserving going by its history in bringing together indigenous children of Ijebuland at home and abroad.
"This ministry will always explore this festival as a veritable means in boosting Ogun State's cultural heritage as a tourist destination.
"Ojude Oba festival has continued to grow each year and has become well known internationally for being celebrated by all sons and daughters of Ijebuland, at home and in the diaspora.
"I urge everyone to find time to partake in the festivities to have a feel of our extra-ordinary heritage,” she said.
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Amusan assured organisers of the state government's support in ensuring the successful hosting of the festival scheduled to coincide with the Eid-El-Kabir festival of Muslims slated for Oct. 4 and Oct. 5.
Also speaking at the occasion, the event coordinator, Chief Fassy Yusuf, thanked the state government and the sponsors for their support and contributions.
Yusuf said the festival was not only about merry making, but provided Ijebu people the opportunity to brainstorm on developmental and economic objectives while reuniting with family members.
He assured participants of the event of adequate security, traffic management and healthcare before, during and after the festival.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ojude Oba Festival is scheduled to hold on Oct. 6.