The Director-General, Bayelsa State Tourism Development Agency, Ebizi Brown, says that Bayelsa has recorded successes in terms of tourism, thereby putting together international standard events that would attract people into the state.
She said that one of the attractions of the state is its large portions of natural waters and Eco-tourism sites, which consist of the heritage site, slave tunnel, light house which is over a century old, the graves of white men, amongst other attractions.
Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mrs Ebizi mentioned that an Institute of Tourism and Hospitality was recently opened in the state, which would be used to train tourist guards to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.
Mrs Ebizi mentioned that her agency was working on dissemination of information on what Bayelsa holds and what they are known for, adding that “much isn’t known about the state especially the culture. Bayelsa has a very rich culture, infact it has one of the richest cultures in Nigeria.”
In terms of transportation in and out of the state, she advocated the need for Government to create an enabling environment for the private sector to take advantage of the opportunities being created as they would be left in the hands of the private sectors, “Government is setting up policies and we will like the private sector to make use of the advantages created by the Government.”
Validating Bayelsa’s status as a leading tourism state, he also revealed that the state has hosted international events such as Fashion Capital New York, AMAA, CAN Music Awards, Bayelsa Jazz festival amongst others and also noted that top musicians in the country hail from Bayelsa.