A former Commissioner in Delta, Mr Raymos Guanah, has advised the Federal Government to develop the culture and tourism sub-sector to improve revenue generation.
Guanah said this in Asaba on Monday that culture and tourism should be considered as an alternative to oil, as the nation tried to diversify its sources of revenue.
He explained that countries like Dubai and Malaysia got their revenues from culture and tourism because they were able to showcase their rich culture to the world.
The former commissioner, who is now an aspirant to the Delta House of Assembly in the 2011 general election, said that the successes recorded by the two countries were due to the attention they paid to culture and tourism.
Guanah urged the Federal Government to do the same, adding that Nigeria was a nation blessed with rich cultural heritage as well as beautiful tourist attractions.
He said, “You will agree with me that our cultures and traditions are gradually going into extinction because on daily basis you see Nigerians living their lives in a way hitherto alien to us.
“You will discover this in the way and manner our youths, especially live their lives, their dressing, and the manner they address elders.
“It is also visible in the marital front, this should not be encouraged, we must do everything to sustain our culture.”
Guanah, a former Commissioner for Lands Survey and Urban Development in the state said that culture and tourism awareness to promote Nigeria should be created.
He also said that an enabling environment to sustain it and make the country a tourists’ hub should be provided and basic infrastructure put in place.
“No person will think of visiting a place for tourism when that person knows that he will not get a good hotel, with light and water, to stay.
“No person will even think of visiting a state to see the display of its rich cultures like the boat regatta, which some states in the South are known for, when there is no infrastructure.
“Not even the Eyo festival of Lagos or even the Argungun fish festival without infrastructure, so government should make efforts to provide these amenities,” he said.