Tourism to drive Nigeria economy

Solomon Chung, Abuja

The Nigerian government will move the country’s tourism from the margin to the mainstream.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed was speaking

at the inauguration of the Technical Committee for the resuscitation and updating of Tourism Master Plan in Abuja.

According to him, tourism is an all-inclusive industry, where every Ministry and department of government is needed for real success.

“Tourism is one of the few sectors that needs and has almost every sector connected to it. For tourism to succeed, the aviation, infrastructure, interior and all other related ministries and department of government must be a part of it,” Mr. Mohammed said.tourism-naija-2

He said the Tourism Master Plan concept was initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo who considered the potentials of the sector, but the plan was not put into use.

“We have discovered that the Master Plan has been there for some time and as such would need to be improved on, in line with present day realities and that is why we are working with the United Nation World Tourism Organisation to have a befitting master plan that can drive our tourism to the desired level,” he added.

The Committee has  membership drawn from all related Ministries and Departments of government including Ministry of interior, National Bureau for statistics, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others.

The Committee is expected to work with a team from the United Nation World Tourism Organisation expected to arrive Nigeria from Spain on December 4 2016.