Lai Mohammed Meets Journalists Says He’ll Transform Creative, Tourism Sector

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has promised to transform the creative, tourism and culture industry into Nigeria’s new oil in the next four years. He maintained that the sector is capable of creating millions of jobs for the youth.

Mohammed who doubles as Tourism minister unveiled his agenda in Lagos at a meeting with Travel Journalists, Arts and Culture Writers Association of Nigeria Sunday amid calls by stakeholders for a new minister for the tourism sector.

He said:  “There is a misconception in certain circles that we paid more attention to the Information sector than we did to Culture and Tourism.This may appear so because the issues we usually deal with in the Information sector are those that receive the bigger play in the media. But I can tell you, with evidence, that we achieved a lot in the Tourism and Culture Sector, or in the Creative Industry generally.”

While correcting the said misconception he promised he would consolidate on the numerous achievements recorded and do more for the culture and tourism sector.

Highlighting the programmes to build on the gains of the past four years, the minister said he would set the necessary legal framework, conclude inauguration of the National Policy on Culture and National Policy on Tourism.

Specifically, he said the ministry would finalise work on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill and submit it to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“The plan is to create a proper regulatory environment for the sub-sector that has put Nigeria’s name on the global map, thus attracting the much-needed investment to the sector,” he said.

Mohammed said he would establish the Endowment Fund for The Arts to create a legal framework for the financing of the sector and kick-start the implementation of the parts of the Tourism Masterplan that constitute low-hanging fruits.

He said he would make the National Summit for Culture and Tourism a yearly affair, starting from the first quarter of 2020 and ensure a regular meeting of the Presidential Council on Tourism (PCT) to catalyse the growth of tourism.

Mohammed said that the ministry would complete work on the establishment of Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), working with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He said the ministry would institute a unified National Celebration of the World Tourism Day, instead of the current situation of multiple celebrations.

The minister promised to organise a Regional Summit on Culture and Tourism, beginning from 2020, with a view to working with other countries in the West Africa sub-region to foster development of the sector.

“We will continue with our visits to tourist sites and attend as many festivals as possible across the country.“‘We will also finalise work on and inaugurate the National Festival Calendar this year to attract more tourists, domestic and foreign, to these event,” he said.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has promised to transform the creative, tourism and culture industry into Nigeria’s new oil in the next four years. He maintained that the sector is capable of creating millions of jobs for the youth.

Mohammed who doubles as Tourism minister unveiled his agenda in Lagos at a meeting with Travel Journalists, Arts and Culture Writers Association of Nigeria Sunday amid calls by stakeholders for a new minister for the tourism sector.

He said:  “There is a misconception in certain circles that we paid more attention to the Information sector than we did to Culture and Tourism.This may appear so because the issues we usually deal with in the Information sector are those that receive the bigger play in the media. But I can tell you, with evidence, that we achieved a lot in the Tourism and Culture Sector, or in the Creative Industry generally.”

While correcting the said misconception he promised he would consolidate on the numerous achievements recorded and do more for the culture and tourism sector.

Highlighting the programmes to build on the gains of the past four years, the minister said he would set the necessary legal framework, conclude inauguration of the National Policy on Culture and National Policy on Tourism.

Specifically, he said the ministry would finalise work on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill and submit it to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“The plan is to create a proper regulatory environment for the sub-sector that has put Nigeria’s name on the global map, thus attracting the much-needed investment to the sector,” he said.

Mohammed said he would establish the Endowment Fund for The Arts to create a legal framework for the financing of the sector and kick-start the implementation of the parts of the Tourism Masterplan that constitute low-hanging fruits.

He said he would make the National Summit for Culture and Tourism a yearly affair, starting from the first quarter of 2020 and ensure a regular meeting of the Presidential Council on Tourism (PCT) to catalyse the growth of tourism.

Mohammed said that the ministry would complete work on the establishment of Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), working with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He said the ministry would institute a unified National Celebration of the World Tourism Day, instead of the current situation of multiple celebrations.

The minister promised to organise a Regional Summit on Culture and Tourism, beginning from 2020, with a view to working with other countries in the West Africa sub-region to foster development of the sector.

“We will continue with our visits to tourist sites and attend as many festivals as possible across the country.“‘We will also finalise work on and inaugurate the National Festival Calendar this year to attract more tourists, domestic and foreign, to these event,” he said.

 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has promised to transform the creative, tourism and culture industry into Nigeria’s new oil in the next four years. He maintained that the sector is capable of creating millions of jobs for the youth.

Mohammed who doubles as Tourism minister unveiled his agenda in Lagos at a meeting with Travel Journalists, Arts and Culture Writers Association of Nigeria Sunday amid calls by stakeholders for a new minister for the tourism sector.

He said:  “There is a misconception in certain circles that we paid more attention to the Information sector than we did to Culture and Tourism.This may appear so because the issues we usually deal with in the Information sector are those that receive the bigger play in the media. But I can tell you, with evidence, that we achieved a lot in the Tourism and Culture Sector, or in the Creative Industry generally.”

While correcting the said misconception he promised he would consolidate on the numerous achievements recorded and do more for the culture and tourism sector.

Highlighting the programmes to build on the gains of the past four years, the minister said he would set the necessary legal framework, conclude inauguration of the National Policy on Culture and National Policy on Tourism.

Specifically, he said the ministry would finalise work on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill and submit it to the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

“The plan is to create a proper regulatory environment for the sub-sector that has put Nigeria’s name on the global map, thus attracting the much-needed investment to the sector,” he said.

Mohammed said he would establish the Endowment Fund for The Arts to create a legal framework for the financing of the sector and kick-start the implementation of the parts of the Tourism Masterplan that constitute low-hanging fruits.

He said he would make the National Summit for Culture and Tourism a yearly affair, starting from the first quarter of 2020 and ensure a regular meeting of the Presidential Council on Tourism (PCT) to catalyse the growth of tourism.

Mohammed said that the ministry would complete work on the establishment of Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), working with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

He said the ministry would institute a unified National Celebration of the World Tourism Day, instead of the current situation of multiple celebrations.

The minister promised to organise a Regional Summit on Culture and Tourism, beginning from 2020, with a view to working with other countries in the West Africa sub-region to foster development of the sector.

“We will continue with our visits to tourist sites and attend as many festivals as possible across the country.“‘We will also finalise work on and inaugurate the National Festival Calendar this year to attract more tourists, domestic and foreign, to these event,” he said.

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