Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State has said that the state’s maiden heritage festival, tagged “IbomFest 2016”, will help to promote foreign investments.
Speaking at the unveiling of the event at the state house in Uyo, Governor Udom said: “I believe that this event will promote foreign direct investment vis-à-vis foreign exchange from visiting tourists, opportunity for establishment of trade relations with states and countries that will participate in the event, employment generation through involvement of men and women, youths, artistes, arts/crafts vendors, transporters, food vendors, hoteliers and others.
“The event, therefore, in the spirit of the Dakkada philosophy, is positioned to contribute significantly towards the enhancement of the revenue base of the state and yield positive harvests to the people and government of the state.”
According to the Governor’s Special Assistant on Tourism and Development, Ms. Ini Edo, the festival, which is themed Our Culture Beyond Borders, is in line with the desire of the governor to ensure that Akwa Ibom remains the choice destination for tourists and investors and this had spurred the pace of infrastructure and socio-economic development witnessed in the state.
She also revealed that the event will help strengthen relationship between government, policy makers and local and international stakeholders in the tourism industry.