Nigeria To Promote Rich Cultural Heritage At UNWTO Confab 

L-R: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information
and Culture, Dr. Adaora Ifeoma Anyawutaku at the inauguration of the
Planning Committee for the First UN World Tourism Organization Global
Conference on Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industry in Abuja on
Tuesday.

Joseph Bakare

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said

Nigeria’s hosting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization

(UNWTO) Global Conference on Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries

in November will provide an opportunity for the country to showcase

its tourism, culture and creative assets.

The Minister made the assertion at the inauguration of the 24-member

Planning Committee for the event, tagged the ‘First UNWTO Global

Conference on Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries:

Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development’, which will take place

at the National Theatre Complex, Lagos, 14-16 November 2022.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (third right), and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Adaora Ifeoma Anyawutaku (middle), in a group picture with members of the Planning Committee for the First UN World Tourism Organization Global Conference on Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industry during the inauguration of the Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said the global conference will also be used as a platform to

project Nigeria’s image as a safe and desirable destination for

leisure and business; consolidate Nigeria’s relationship with the

UNWTO and its member states, and highlight the restart of travel and

tourism in a safe and seamless manner, after the unprecedented impact

of the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in a near collapse of Tourism

and Creatives Industries sectors.

Alhaji Mohammed explained that the event would also be a platform to

interact and exchange ideas and best practices with key industry

players; generate foreign exchange and create direct and indirect

jobs; and provide opportunities for the training of public and private

sector tourism officials.

He charged the committee to ensure that Nigeria hosts a world class

event in November, in line with the pledge by President Muhammadu

Buhari when he visited the headquarters of the UNWTO in Madrid, Spain,

earlier this month.

”Today’s inauguration of the Planning Committee kickstarts our

preparation for the global conference. The task ahead of us is

enormous, but with the quality of membership of the Planning

Committee, I am positive that Nigeria will once again prove its

ability to successfully organize an event of this magnitude.

”Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, your nomination to serve in this

committee is based on your knowledge and expertise in content,

logistics and planning. The success of the conference therefore rests

on your effectiveness and commitment,” the Minister said.

He said the Planning Committee will be assisted by eleven

sub-committees, and assured that all stakeholders, including the

Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) and the

Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET),

would be accommodated in the sub-committees ”since we cannot

accommodate everyone in the Planning Committee”.

Alhaji Mohammed said the global conference will be held at the

National Theatre, which is currently undergoing massive refurbishment

for the first time since it was commissioned almost five decades ago.

”Apart from the rehabilitation of the building, four hubs for

fashion, movie, music and ICT are being

built within the National Theatre complex. There is therefore no

better opportunity for us to showcase the renewal of the iconic

National Theatre, which was conceived as a grand hub for the arts,

than during the hosting of this global event,” he said.

The Planning Committee will be chaired by the Minister of Information

and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while the Permanent Secretary of the

Ministry, Dr. Adaora Ifeoma Anyawutaku, will serve as the Deputy

Chair.

Other members of the Committee are: Ambassador Demola Seriki,

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to UNWTO and Ambassador to Spain;

Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa, Executive Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora

Commission; Ambassador Nasir Aminu, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr.

Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President, Office of the

Minister of Information and Culture; Mr. Williams Adeleye, Special

Assistant to the President, Office of the Minister of Information and

Culture and Mr. Bayo Omoboriowo, Personal Photographer to the

President.

Other members are Dr. Mufutau Kayode, Director Finance and

Administration, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC);

Mr. Friday Anumba, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation; Dr. Taiwo

Famigbiyele, Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism; Sam Agbi,

National Council for Art and Culture; Yanusa Mohammed from National

Theatre; Mrs. Florence Ogar-Moddey, Nigeria Customs Service; Mr. Karim

Idris Nigerian Immigration Service; ace comedian Alli Baba; Mrs. Ronke

Kuye, Shared Agent Network Expansion Facilities (SANEF); Mrs. Ngozi

Nzoka, Nigerian Economic Summit Group; Ms. Dorothy Duruaku, Deputy

Director Overseeing International Tourism Promotion and Cooperation,

FMIC and Mrs. Ugochi Akudo-Nwosu, Deputy Director Overseeing

Entertainment and Creative Services, FMIC.

There will also be representatives of the Central Bank of Nigeria,

Lagos State Government, Bankers’ Committee and Cappa & D’Alberto on

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