By Jonathan Ugbal; Government House Correspondent
The immediate past Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke yesterday presented a book titled “Nigeria Our Heritage” to Cross River State governor, Benedict Ayade in recognition of the state’s leadership position in tourism.
The book, CrossRiverWatch learnt is a compendium of tourism and heritage sites in the country authored by the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation.
Presenting the book in the Governor’s Office, Calabar, Duke noted that, “Cross River has her heritage as collateral as a destination” and defined Heritage as “a link that connects socio-cultural and economic development.”
Speaking with pressmen shortly after the presentation, Duke said, “The presentation was made to the governor because of the leadership role which Cross River plays in the area of tourism over the years and this book is a reward of an excellent performance.”
He also expressed optimism that the energy and dynamism exuded by the governor will be brought to bear to take tourism to greater heights to enable the state reap enormously from that sector which the state has aggressively pursued over the years.
Duke also disclosed that he intends to submit his score card as a minister and member of the Federal Executive Council FEC to the state which he represented as an account of his stewardship.
Receiving the book, governor Benedict Ayade, expressed gratitude to the former minister for the book which he postulated would stand the test of time.
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