7th October, 2010
As the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is set toÂ name the Idanre Hills Resort as one of world heritage sites. The resort and its environsÂ are currently undergoing a facelift.
Investigations revealed that as soon as the UNESCO group contacted the Ondo StateÂ government, the Segun Mimiko-led administration sprang into action by beginning aÂ restoration work on the hills.
When P.M.NEWS visited the hills on Tuesday it was discovered that construction work hadÂ begun in earnest to beautify it.
Some of the old structures being reclaimed include first primary school in old IdanreÂ settlement named Igbo Ore Primary School, the ancient town court room, Asurin Quarters,Â the old palace of the Owa of Idanre kingdom, the footpath leading to the wonderful rock,Â the unreadable rock and other areas.
A source close to the Ondo State government told P.M.NEWS that as soon as the approval isÂ given, the government is planning to renovate the dilapidated government chalets in theÂ new town on top of the hills, and also constructÂ Â a seven star hotel.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 4th Festival of Indegenous African LanguageÂ Films held at the Owena International Hotels, Akure, Ondo State the Commissioner forÂ Culture and Tourism, Hon. Tola Wewe confirmed UNESCOâ€™s involvement in the Idanre resortÂ project, saying that the state government will do every thing possible to make sure thatÂ the ancient resort is listed among the world heritage sites.
Some of the world heritage centres are the Pyramid of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef inÂ Australia, the Barouoque Cathedrals, of Latin, America, etc.
â€”Ayodele Lawal /Akure