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FG to sets up committees to overhaul Tourism Ministry

…unveils Nigeria Tourism ID in two weeks

By Caleb Ayansina

ABUJA – MINISTER of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Chief Edem Duke has said that two committees will be set up to overhaul the ministry to improve tourism industry in the country.

The Minister who stated this while speaking to correspondents in Abuja noted that there are some internal processes and even the Acts that create agencies under the ministry need to be reviewed.

According to him, first will assist small and medium enterprises to reach their end-user market, while the second committee will under take task of reviewing some processes and Acts that establish our agencies, noting that “the act are obsolete”.

He said; “we about to set up two committees to help move the sector forward one committee will be in enterprise mentoring committee that will help small and micro enterprises to reach their end user market.

“Also a committee that we help us to review some of our internal processes and acts that established our agencies, we are all agreed they are obsolete”.

Chief Duke further maintained that there is need for Nigeria to have a Tourism brand name like other countries of the world, as no country can move forward without a pure identity.

He explained that slogan of ‘Good People Great Nation’ could not be taken as country tourism identity as the concept was developed as a civil and social campaign to address psych of Nigerians towards their country, adding that tourism brand will allow people to know what Nigeria is all about.

“In the next 2 weeks, we are going to unveil Nigeria Tourism brand name, the work is getting to an advance stage and we are thinking on time, the people, and the places. We think of the fact that we have 774 local governments, which means we can easily have 774 festivals.

“I understand that when we unveil our tourism ID, is going to send a beat of tremor within the continent and globally, because for too long, I would not blame it on other people, we have our own asset down-play, not deliberately but by an act of omission.


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