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Josabig students visit Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin Ijesa
Education is not restricted to the four walls of a classroom, and a Yoruba parlance says the farther you go the more enlightened you become. The pupils of Josabig Group of School, a private primary and secondary school in Ibadan, Oyo State will not forget in a hurry the beautiful moment they had at one of the Africa’s most populous tourist site, Olumirin waterfalls at Erin Ijesa, last week during an excursion.
Perhaps some of the students had come across what is Waterfalls before, it must be in their textbooks and not until when about 71 of the student in company of the school proprietor, Pastor Joshua Adewale Odeniyi and some of their teachers visited the site to see things for themselves and confirm the textbook stories about the wonders.
TTM in a chat with the school proprietor Pastor Odeniyi discovered that the intention of the school management to visit the water falls was to complement the theoretical aspect of Geography which they were being taught in school with the practical experience at the site.
“The students in secondary school were being taught related topic in their Geography class and coincidentally, we were planning for excursion, so we concluded that they should be brought to see rock and waterfalls.
Coming here for excursion is not to see things or for fun alone, but to learn, touring sites like this help in widening one’s horizon and as an institution of learning, we decided to be taking our students to places where they could learn one or two things to complement whatever they were being taught in class,” he explained.
He said further that, some of the parents did not cooperate with the school management in packaging the toursbecause a lotof people are not enlightened about the necessity of what tourism is all about. He advised that there should be proper orientations on the relevance of tourism to the socio-economic development of the nation.
If people are enlightened they will support the government in protecting the monuments and sites rather than destroying them.
Speaking on the Olumirin Waterfalls, Pastor Odebiyi said, “this is a wealth in the pot, it is supposed to be a source of income to the government but as you can see, nothing serious is being done here to attract both local and foreign tourists to this place, the road leading to the site is not good, though I noticed that they were working on it, but I expect something wider than this, there should be a convenient place for people to relax, even the government can build hotels and good restaurant here where people can relax.
People love to relax in a place where they would not want to be disturb but what we are having here is not encouraging and I think the government should something serious about this place, they should lift this place to a standard tourist site in the world. What we are seeing here is something unique, something that can add to the economic value of this state, but it is disheartening that much has not been done.
“Tourism generally in Nigeria is not at its rightful place, and sincerely the Federal Government is not doing much to help it grow, we have a lot of tourism potentials in Nigeria, but they are not maintained. I want to advise the authorities in charge at all levels to make tourism something that can add to what we are generating economically, I am aware that many countries have tourism as there major source of income, government should shift focus to tourism too. Though we are yet to have a tourism club, it will be inaugurated soon. Some of the students who spoke with TTM expressed satisfaction at what they saw at the site and thanked the school management for taking them to such a wonderful site.Share