Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, has charged Heads of Agencies under his Ministry to pursue projects and programmes that will have direct impact on Nigerians and transform their lives. The Minister gave the charge in Abuja during a meeting with Senior Management Staff of the Ministry and Chief Executive Officers of parastatals in the Ministry.
Chief Edem Duke reminded Heads of parastatals of the targets set for the culture and tourism sector in the Vision 20: 2020 of the Federal Government which include a 10% annual growth rate in tourists’ arrival at Nigerian airports and land borders from 2010; increased contribution of tourism to the GDP from 2.5 % in 2007 to 5% by 2013; increase in number of registered hotels in Nigeria from 1,700 in 2008 to 2, 500 by 2013; development of 5 tourism clusters for Nigeria by 2013, training of additional 10,000 tourism and hospitality workers by 2013, development of a two-day entry visa processing procedure for Nigerian Embassies; increase the contribution of cultural industries from 2% in 2007 to 70% by 2013; generation of 2 billion naira annually from Nigerian theatre and carnival from 2010 and generation of a minimum of $100 million in craft exports by 2013 etc
The Minister said while the Ministry and its agencies have been active in recent times, a lot still needs to be done to achieve set objectives: “ There is no doubt that we have carried out a lot of activities in the Ministry since I assumed office, but I suspect that we have not performed as well as we ought to. Our current level of performance which measures how we are executing our mandate, in my opinion, begs for improvement. Put differently, we cannot easily point to the measurable impact which a lot of activities that have been carried out in the sector have on the citizenry.”
He therefore charged them, as technocrats and experts, to fashion out modalities for deepening the implementation of President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda which is basically aimed at making tangible impact on the lives of all Nigerians.
In attendance were Heads of NCAC, CBAAC, NIHOTOUR, NTDC, NGA, NOA, National Troupe of Nigeria, while Heads of NCMM , National Theatre and NICO were represented.