Nigeria laying foundation for transformation of tourism – FG tells D-8
The GOVERNMENT says with massive investment in infrastructure and deliberate policies to advertise peace and security, the building blocks has been laid because of it for the transformation of the tourism sector.
The Minister of Culture and Information, This on Tuesday in Abuja when he received Mr alhaji Lai Mohammed said. Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, the Secretary-General of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the D-8 Scribe visited the minister to find the cooperation of the ministry to advertise tourism among member states.
Shaari also used the chance to invite the minister to a gathering of the organisation on tourism holding in Malaysia in March 2019.
Mohammed said upon inception, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari identified tourism among the key sectors for diversifying the economy from oil.
He said the federal government understood that peace, infrastructure and security development were key to the development of tourism and invested massively in it.
“Without security and peace, travel advisory will undoubtedly be discouraged and even prohibited and individuals will not spend money on a location where there’s insecurity.
“Nigeria is blessed with plenty of tourism attraction and in developing them and making the united states a tourist destination, government has committed to infrastructure and to make the national country secure,’’ he said.
He said government had recorded remarkable improvement in security than it had been in 2015, by decimating the Boko Haram insurgents and restricting their activities to the Lake Chad fringes.
Mohammed said government and the security agencies had strategised to support the insurgents and win the pugilative war.
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On infrastructure, Mohammed said within the last two years, the national government had invested over N2.7 trillion on the development of the sector, a figure greater than what the prior administration spent in 16 years.
Specifically, he said government was buying roads, rails, power, airports which may subsequently aid the development of the tourism sector.
He noted that after agriculture, tourism was the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria and that national government was doing everything to build up the sector.
He said the president recently directed the lender of Industry (BOI) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide quick access to funding of tourism investments particularly from the private sector.
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The minister of his support to the D-8 scribe and promised to wait the organisation’ year s summit on tourism holding in Malaysia next.
Earlier, Ku Shaari said Nigeria was a significant member in the promotion of cooperation, on tourism and health on the list of D-8 member nations particularly.
He said the organisation was promoting cooperation among D-8 member states to improve tourism to create employment and development.
Specifically, he said the physical body works towards developing eco-tourism, cultural tourism, food tourism, sports service and tourism tourism among member nations.
The scribe said that the D-8 had been repositioned to end up being the third powerful economy by 2050, while its GDP would rise from 4 trillion dollar to 40 trillion dollar.
The D-8 can be an organisation for development co-operation among member-nations including Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey. (NAN)
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