Alhaji-Lai-Mohammed

Diversification is a recurring theme in recent times. It has become evident to all that the only way out of Nigeria’s economic troubles is a swift diversification and shift of focus from petroleum and its products to other means of trade and investments.

While President Buhari has been seeking investments in agriculture and solid minerals development from China and other foreign countries, another unexplored but equally crucial sector for diversification is tourism.

This is the part basis for the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture’s National Summit on Culture and Tourism. The event which officially began today, Thursday 28th April 2016 will last till tomorrow the 29th of April and will involve discussions from stakeholders in the tourism industry. They will discuss a framework for the improvement of tourism as a major source of revenue for the country.

In the welcome address of the Federal Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, tourism and culture was noted to be behind 5% of the world’s GDP as well as 10% of its exports, putting it as a key area of diversification for the country.

The Minister stated that “Our goal is to make Tourism contribute to our GDP, the challenge before us is to work out long term strategies to move our Culture forward… and develop our Culture and Tourism sectors and move them into the mainstream of the economy, while not failing to design ways and means of plucking some low-hanging ‘fruits’ along the way”.

The former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, in presenting a paper at the summit noted that “If I may suggest, we need to involve other ministers such as; foreign affairs, internal affairs and police affairs in the business of reviving the culture and tourism sector in the country.”

The theme of the summit is; Repositioning Culture and Tourism in a Diversified Economy, which is why the President’s address which was delivered by the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investments, Okechuckwu Enelamah, stresses the hope that the summit’s deliberations will “focus on the need to make use of culture and Tourism as instruments of social mobilization for national revival”.

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