The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, during a courtesy visit by the National Executive of Nigeria Tour operators to his palace says the greatest misfortune that has ever befallen Nigeria as a nation was the discovery of oil and gas.
The executive members were led by NATOP’s President Mrs Bilikisu Abdul,
According to the traditional ruler, Nigerians have failed to develop the tourism potential in the country due to the discovery of crude oil.
He added Nigerians had also forgotten that every nation’s tourism potential was inexhaustible compared to its oil and gas that has a life span.
He said “As a nation, our biggest problem has been discovering oil; we have different tourism products rich in content which are nature-based. Tourism is not exhaustible but oil is.
“It is important for us to propagate domestic tourism, it is the future of the country and that is the way things can get better.
The Ooni of Ife also in his responses to requests made earlier by the leaders of the groups under NATOP assured them of his royal support.