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Tourism, Culture Will Soon Be Bedrock Of Nigeria’s Economy – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, disclosed that Tourism and Culture which had been neglected in the past would soon be the bedrock of Nigeria’s economy. To this end, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed challenged the rural dwellers, who were blessed with rich country’s cultural heritages and tourist sites to live up to the responsibility of managing and protecting the sites for economic purposes. Buhari, who declared the 2016 National Summit on Culture and Tourism open, in Abuja, described Tourism as rejected stone that would be rejuvenated to address the dwindling economy of the country.

Represented by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment, Dr Okechuwku Enelama, the President said though Culture and Tourism sector is driven by private sector all over the world, the government would provide conducive environment to encourage investment in the sector. He said; “As a result of the combination of various factors such as the sharp drop in the price of oil, combined breakdown of protectionist policies and changes in social relations, countries are compelled to look for alternative sources of revenue and employment. “Tourism therefore, is a resource of development and means of providing an additional opportunity for a non-industrialised country like ours, to diversify its economic base for the betterment of all. “Consequently, the road for us as a nation to achieve our set objectives of diversifying our economic base will depend partly upon the quality of design and implementation of tourism policies; we must develop appropriate policies and the right attitudes towards achieving the desired goals.

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Tourism, Culture will soon be bedrock of Nigeria’s economy – Buhari

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