FG To Explore Tourism Industry Potentials

Yemisi Izuora 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has restated commitment of Government to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs, achieve inclusiveness and address youth restiveness.

The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday when he received a

delegation from Nasarawa State Government, led by the Deputy Governor,

Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.

The Deputy Governor said the delegation came to seek support for the

development of tourism sites in the state,

“Your Excellency, I want to thank you for this visit because it shows

the kind of importance Nasarawa State attaches to culture and tourism.

But the truth of the matter is that we can avoid a lot of youth

restiveness if we take advantage of tourism because tourism in its own

right has the capacity to create jobs and create leisure and bring

unity and understanding among the people.

“We look at tourism in Nigeria as the panacea to poverty, as one

industry that can bring inclusiveness and it is targeted largely at

women and the youth,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed expressed delight at the award of contract by the

Nasarawa State Government to construct the road leading to the Farin

Ruwa Waterfalls in the state, which is the highest waterfall in the

country at 150 metres height.

He said this will complement the contract earlier awarded by the

Federal Government for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, for the

provision of water and electricity, as well as the construction of the

road leading to the dam.

“You can see that with the combined efforts of the Federal Government

and the State Government, that key element, which is always missing in

tourism development, which is infrastructure, has already been

addressed,” the Minister said.

He welcomed the plan by the Nasarawa State Government to build a Film

Village at the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, saying the scenic beauty of the

environment can attract film makers across the world as well as local

and international tourists.

Alhaji Mohammed promised to pay an official visit to the Farin Ruwa

Waterfalls, with a view to assessing the waterfalls and discussing

with the state government officials on how best to develop the falls

into a world-class tourist site.

The Minister also used the occasion to commiserate with the Government

and people of Nasarawa State over the recent gruesome murder of the

State APC Chairman, Mr. Philip Shekwo.

In his remarks, the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, observed that

tourism, which is a low hanging fruit for job creation, is being

neglected and relegated to the background in Nigeria.

He sought the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and

Culture towards exploring and exploiting the vast tourism potentials

of Nasarawa State, especially the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls because of its

potential to attract tourists.

The Deputy Governor was accompanied on the visit by the State

Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dogo Shama; the former Commissioner

for Culture and Tourism, Hajia Lantana Ahmed, and the Convener of the Annual

Nasarawa Festival, Mr. A. Y. Bello, among others.

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