The member representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye has reacted to the online post by Mrs Betty Akeredolu in which she indicated that BEMORE Summer Camp was set to relegate Idanre hill and become the new tourist attraction in Ondo State.
In a statement made available by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Oluyemi Fasipe, Adefisoye commended the BEMORE initiative of Mrs Akeredolu which he described as an envisaged platform for girls to become complete women, an envisioned preparatory avenue to help girls triumph over intimidations, a conceived environment to help girls compete effectively with their male folks and make them rule their world.
However, the Idanre born lawmaker averred that no human initiative could ever come close, let alone take the place of Idanre hill which is a UNESCO world heritage and approved tourist center for global tourists.
He also described the 500 million years old Idanre hill which resides 3000 feet above sea level as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes, not only in Nigeria, but in the whole of African continent. The lawmaker also glowingly described Idanre hill as a unique ecosystem upon which the cultural landscape and rare beauty of nature are compactly integrated.
” Idanre hill represents cultural site that encompasses ‘Owa palace’, Old court, Belfry, Agbooogun footprint, Thunder water, Burial mounds amongst other cultural values can never be overtaken by any human initiative”, said Adefisoye.
He further contended that notwithstanding the good intention of Mrs Akeredolu on BEMORE, it should not have been contemplated as having the capacity to overtake Idanre hill. He added that ‘Mare Festival’ would not have been conceived to attract global tourists if Idanre hill did not have money spinning tourism capacity; in addition to its display of esthetic beauty of nature.
Meanwhile, Adefisoye has urged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to reactivate the yearly ‘Mare Festival’ in other to open Ondo State to global tourists and investors by leveraging on the cultural values embedded in Idanre hill.