National Assembly Lauds NTDC’ Drive On Domestic Tourism

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Lagos – The lower chamber of the National Assembly has lauded the domestic tourism agenda promotion and development drive by the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr. Folorunsho Coker.

Speaking during the corporation’s budget defence on Thursday, the Chairman of the House Committee on Tourism, Culture and Information, Hon. Ogbeide-Ihama Omoregie, applauded the clear-cut vision of the NTDC boss and his focus on domestic tourism, saying the country will soon correct the anomalies in our tourism sector.

Hon. Omoregie charged Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture to spearhead the campaign for improved funding for tourism to the Federal Executive Council meeting, which according to him, will enable to actualize the progressive plans for the industry.

Describing tourism as a veritable tool for enhancing national unity, generating huge revenue for the government, creating jobs and drastically eradicates poverty in the nation, the lawmaker declared support for the NTDC.

 “We will support and partner with NTDC to ensure tourism growth in Nigeria, to explore its potentials in infusing unity among Nigerians, generate good revenue for the government, create employment for our people, and put money in their pockets,” Omoregie declared.

Emphasising that the House remains unsupportive of moves to sell the National Arts Theatre, Hon. Omoregie appealed to the Minister of Information and Culture to resolve the internal crisis in the organisation.

Advocating for intensification of effort to develop domestic tourism he said: “We have to develop our tourism assets, destinations, cultural heritage and festivals. Mambilla Plateau, Ojude-Oba and National Parks, among innumerable others are there for us to develop and explore to woo foreign tourists and better the lots of our dear nation and her good people.”

In his defence of the corporation’s 2018 budget, Folorusho Coker who described tourism as big business, disclosed his intention “to make the best use of what we have and consume more of Nigeria while using technology as a pivotal tool.”

While describing global tourism revenues as over $8trillion and employment at over 300million, the NTDC boss revealed that over the years, Nigeria has been fortunate to develop new forms of cultural expression, “like our music, which is huge around the world; our Nollywood is number two in the world; our fashion is simply superb, with our fashion designers competing at international level; our food, our religion enjoy good attention globally. These show how rich we are in tourism assets. It is now for us to decide what we want and the ingredients needed, then put them together to prepare a sumptuous tourism meal to be enjoyed by our nation.”

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Author: Apata Oyeniran