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Tourist Centres: Need For Revival

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Tourism, according to Advanced Learners Dictionary, is the business activity connected with providing accommodation, services and entertainment for people who are visiting a place for pleasure.

The business of tourism today, is almost on a decline as tourist providers and government seem not to be interested in the business any longer.

But a latest research by analysts shows that tourist makers are still willing to continue in their business while they lack comfortable places to actually exhibit their trade.

Speaking on the way out, the Vice President of Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC) Comrade Chinwendu Isaac ordunwa, said that the Rivers State Government should re-enter to the business and revive the sector.

Comrade Ordunwa stressed the need of the state government to revive especially Port Harcourt 200  Tourist Beach.

He explained that the tourist centres upon revival, will bring a huge income to the coffers of the state government and as well provide employment for the youths of the state.

Private individuals, he said can in the name of Private Public Partnership (PPP), invest in the business when they are convinced that the state government is willing to do business. According to him, no private investor is interested to invest in a meaningless venture but in a positive business where he/she is expected to make big gains at the end of the day.

The youth leader, pointed out that families were still interested in the business of sight-seeing during festive periods like Easter and Christmas holidays which offers the children the opportunity of making new friends. Now, he said, instead of the families staying home during those seasons, they take the children abroad for same reason.

The youth leader regretted that the money that was meant to be spent here at home go abroad, thereby, increasing their income whereas, the state’s purse remains slim year in year out.

He recalled how Empress and the Port Harcourt were a big tourist centres in the 70s and 80s, adding that the death ushered in crime which in turn has taken the place of tourism in the youths’ heart.

He also pointed out that the revival of the tourist centres, will automatically improve the life-partner of today’s youths who were not expressed to some humorous centres during their early age.

Apart from the revival of the existing tourist centres, he beckoned on the state to go extra miles and create more tourist centres in the state along Etche road in Etche Local Government Area and Eleme in Eleme Local Government Area saying that the area is too lonely.

He hinted that the rebirth of tourist centres will compete favourably with oil industries which has taking centre stage in the economy of the state and nation.

Stressing on the need for tourist centres rebirth, he cited countries like Kenya whom he said has almost the World’s centre of attraction and the major source of both income and employment generation for the country.

Another important aspect of the tourist centres, especially the 300, he said, is the preservation of wild lives from extinction.

Animals as common as monkeys, he explained, will soon disappear in the state unless a timely and a conscious intervention by concerned authorities.

According to him, as part of NDYC’s laid down plans, the youths body will in a hurry, introduce youth tourism clubs among the nine Niger Delta states which will empower youths and keep them away from violence, cultism and other societal ills.

Still on the need to boost tourism and to contribute to its revival, he said that the youth is working out modalities to partner with Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and establish a partnership with air operating so that when a tourist arrives any of the nine Niger Delta states, he/she would be announced on board.

Furthermore, he described tourism as part of the Niger Delta culture, saying that the region especially Rivers State has all it takes to sustain the trade (tourism), but lacks the technical know how to do about it.

Tourism development, the NDYC leader continued, has a huge potential as a revenue earner for the country, called on private individuals and in their own little ways, cultivate the habit of keeping little animals at their back yards in a bid to fast track the process.    

 

King Onunwor/Itoro Akpan

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Rivers: How Wrestling Promotes Peace, Unity

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Prominent among the fading cultures of the people of Rivers State is wrestling. In the good olden days, almost all communities in Rivers State could boast of producing wrestling champions. But today, it is difficult to even hear of wrestling as a sport.

Its revival has been a serious issue to some communities within the state while others are yet to decide whether to revive it or not.

The near-death of the wrestling culture is blamed on the influence of  westernisation, just like other cultural activities such as the masquerade or Owu Dance, etc.

Wrestling is also one of the local sports that does not require much resources to organise because all the needed instruments as well as the human resources are available within the locality.

No doubt, the rebirth of  wrestling has become a major issue in some communities in Rivers State, today. It is said that the wrestling  was among the main sources of recreation and entertainment in several rural communities even in some cities where it is still practised.

The game (wrestling) as The Tide One Sunday gathered, does not involve much risk because it is usually a battle between two males of equal body size or persons within the same age bracket.

It is only in few cases that men of different age brackets or body sizes are allowed to wrestle. At times, such pairings are done to produce a champion who will represent the community in an external wrestling championship or even in inter-communal conflicts.

In some communities, champion wrestlers are used as body guards of their traditional rulers and chiefs who are viewed as the custodian of the people.

They (champion wrestlers) were used for almost all the risky jobs and errands in the community, because of the common notion that they possess  extra-ordinary prowess.

It is this sentiment that makes the wrestling champion the favourite of young girls even in marriage. It is said in some communities that every parent would in their inner most mind prefer that their would-be son-in-law is a champion wrestler, not even an ordinary one. The reason being that he will be of great importance to the family both in the areas of family work and defence.

The Tide On Sunday was told that in recent past  some parents would give their daughters to any available champion wrestlers at almost no cost, because they want their family to be respected.

Today, Rumuogba community in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State has taken the bull by the horn to recreate the art of wrestling. To this end, the people have finalised plans to revive the wrestling culture.

The Paramount Ruler of Nye Nwe-Eli Rumuogba, HRH Eze (Barr) Temple N. Ejekwu (JP), Eze Ogba Iji Nu Ede, reasoned that wrestling remains the main source of popularity in the communities.

Eze Ejekwu noted that wrestling also brings peace and unity in the communities where it is still practised.

The monarch pointed out that wrestling is one of the notable cultures of the Ikwerre people and should not be allowed to fade away like many other cultures which he said are almost gone.

He argued that plans are in top gear to bring the wrestling culture back to life in his community.

According to him, both the wrestling drums and drummers are intact, saying that in the nearest future wrestling activities will begin to boom again in the community.

He also told The Tide’s Culture and Tourism desk that in his first anniversary which is underway, wrestling match will top other activities as part of the community’s effort to ensure that the younger generations do not forget it totally.

The Eze Ogba Nu-Iji Nu Ede, hinted that the community is also planning to invite other communities for a wrestling championship in order to bring back the lost glory of the wrestling culture.

According to him, wrestling, is the easiest way by which the locals can know who is who, adding that it also brings out the best in the man.

The Rumuogba Paramount Ruler, maintained that wrestling promotes unity and friendship among communities, adding that its near-death has done some havoc to the rural communities.

He said champions who emerge during the community’s wrestling championship, would be projected to the state level, just as the Woji people have taken their cultural dance to the state level.

He argued that since wrestling promotes peace and unity, the community will always experience a huge turnover in various aspects of its trade due to the friendly environment.

He also informed The Tide On Sunday that the wrestling culture has no fetish practice, wondering why the people are shying away from it.

The young monarch, regretted that the wrestling culture which serves as a huge tourist attraction for the people is fading away with a great speed.

He called on the organisers of the CARNIRIV annual festival to always include wrestling as one of the cultural activities of the Rivers people.

That, he said, will do the much expected magic in the bid to revive the wrestling culture of the people of Rivers State.

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‘Wrestling promotes Peace, Unity’

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Prominent among the fading cultures of the people is wrestling.  In good olden days, almost all communities in Rivers State could boast of producing wrestling champions. But today, it is difficult to even hear of it.

Its revival has been a serious issue to some communities within the state while others are yet to decide whether to revive it or not.

The near-death of the wrestling culture is blamed on westernisation, just like other cultural activities such as the Owu Dance, etc.

Wrestling is also one of the local games that does not require much to organise because all the needed instruments as well as the human resources are available within the locality.

Moreover, the rebirth of the wrestling game has become a major issue in some communities in Rivers State, today. It was learnt that the wrestling game is among the main sources of receation and entertainment in the rural communities even in some cities where it is still practised.

The game (wrestling) as The Tide On Sunday gathered, does not involve much risk because it is a battle between two males of equal body size or within the same age bracket.

It is only in few cases where men of different age brackets or body-sizes are allowed to wrestle. At times, they do it to produce a champion who will represent the community in an external wrestling championship or even inter communal conflicts.

In some areas, champion wrestlers are used as body guards of their traditional rulers and chiefs who are viewed as the custodian of the people.

They (champion wrestlers) were used for almost all the risky jobs and errands in the community, because of the common notion that they prossess an extra-ordinary prowess.

In cases like marriage, every parent would prefer in their inner  most mind that their would-be son-in-law be a champion wrestler, not even an ordinary one. The reason being that he will be of great  importance to the family both in the areas of family work and  defence.

The Tide On Sunday was told that in recent past, that some parents would give their daughters to any available champion wrestlers at almost no cost, because they want their family to be respected.

Today, Rumuogba community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, said that they have finalised plans to revive the wrestling culture.

The Paramount Ruler/Nye Nwe-Eli Rumogba, HRH Eze (Barr) Temple N. Ejekwu (JP), Eze Ogba Iji Nu Ede, reasoned that wrestling remains the main source of popularity in the communities.

Eze Ejekwu, noted that it also brings peace and unity in the communities where it is better practised.

The Monarch pointed that wrestling is one of the notable cultures of the Ikwerre people and should not be allowed to fade away with other cultures which he said are almost gone.

In his community (Rumuogba), he argued that plans are on top gear to bring the wrestling culture back to life.

According to him, both the drums and drummers are intact, saying that in the nearest future wrestling activity will begin to boom again in the community. 

He also told the Culture and Tourism Sector that in his first anniversary which is underway,  wrestling match will top other activities as part of the community’s effort to ensure that the younger generations do not forget it totally.

The Eze Ogba Nu Iji Nu Ede, hinted that the community is also planning to invite other communities for a wrestling championship in order to bring back the lost glory of the wrestling culture.

According to him, wrestling, is the easiest way by which the locals can know who is who, adding that it also brings out the best in the man.

The Rumuogba Paramount Ruler, maintained that wrestling promotes unity and friendship among communities, adding that its near-death has done some havoc to the rural communities.

In case champions emerge during the community’s wrestling championship, he said  they would be projected to the state level, just as the Worji people have taken their cultural dance to the state level.

About its economic importance, he argued that since wrestling promotes peace and unity,  the community will always experience a huge turn over in various aspects of its trade due to the friendly environment.

He also informed  The Tide On Sunday that the wrestling culture has no fetish practice, wondering why the people are shying away from it.

The young monarch, regretted that the wrestling culture which serves as a huge tourist attraction for the people is fading away with a great speed.

He has also called on the organisers of the CARNIRIV to include wrestling as one of the cultural activities of the Rivers people.

That, he said, will do the much expected magic in the bid to revive the wrestling activity of the people.

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