Sultry Nollywood star Ini Edo is the special assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Government on Tourism & Development. The 34-year-old actress described how her state has been the safest place to visit in the country during her chat with Lanre Odukoya.
“My work in government is basically to assist my state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, in the area of tourism development. This entails how as a state we can harness the rich tourism potential into a world class money-making venture that will also attract direct foreign investment into the state and increase tourist traffic into Akwa Ibom State.
“Among Gov. Emmanuel’s five-point agenda, tourism is encapsulated in the industrialisation drive and as such he is very keen in developing t h e vast tourism potential that abound in the state and this gave impetus to his endorsement of the Ibomfest Heritage Festival which is coming up from December 15 to 17.
“Ibomfest is unique in many ways. At first, its theme is ‘Our Cultures Beyond Borders,’ so I would like to say it’s not a carnival of some sort. It is a festival to showcase our way of life, our natural endowments, our rich cultural heritage and our most widely celebrated cuisines.
“Our state is the safest place now in Nigeria, as such visitors will not have problems of security as our armed security personnel are everywhere in the state offering maximum security to all persons. Our hotels a r e all mobilised to clean up their environment in readiness to receive visitors.”