Taraba state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has tied the underdevelopment of the state’s vast tourism sector to the state of insecurity in the country.
Ishaku who spoke while receiving the United States Charge de Affairs in Nigeria, Madame Gibson Catylyn at the Government House in Jalingo said the lingering insecurity situation in the country has hampered his Government’s plans on developing a financially viable template on the huge tourism in the state.
He said from Zing to Kurmi, Wukari to Mambilla was a basket full tourist sites rich in both floral and fauna as well as mountains of natural rocks and water bodies that can fetch the state millions of dollars, but for insecurity.
Governor Ishaku said that he would have no business going cap-in-hand to Abuja asking for Federal allocation if the security challenges facing the country were curtailed.
“What business would I have going to Abuja? I would have developed Mambilla Plateau and made it a world class tourist destination and earned millions of dollars instead. See the beautiful rock formations in Zing, Gashaka-Gumti National Park with its white nose monkeys which were said to be extinct and only found there.”
“People have been coming from all over the world but who will risk his life under this terrible circumstances? He lamented.”
He identified communal clashes, armed banditry, religious crisis as negative forces that have all combined to frustrate the desire to make Taraba a global tourist destination.
“If not for this hydra headed monster called insecurity, our desire to make our state a global tourist destination would have been a reality today, where we would earn dollars and could have survived our current economic challenges”, he said.