TRAVEL GAZETTE – Nigeria is to re-position the culture and tourism sectors in order to diversify the economy away from oil, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said Tuesday.
Mohammed said this in Abuja at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture/British Council Planning Meeting on 2016 Collaboration.
“This meeting could not have come at a better time. As you are very much aware, a major plank of this administration’s policy is the diversification of the economy away from oil,” he said.
“To further this agenda, we in the Ministry of Information and Culture have been putting in place measures to fast-track the diversification agenda in the culture and tourism sectors,” he added.
The minister said one of such measures is to “critically assess veritable avenues of using culture to drive tourism in order to achieve a significant boost in the vast tourism potentials of the country”.
He expressed optimism that the meeting would firm up the collaboration for the production of a comprehensive schedule of joint projects and the details of their implementation.