Ministry, NSE seal deal on tourism sector
Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) have entered into partnership to help stir up interest and generate investment towards culture and tourism in Nigeria.
Speaking at the inauguration of the board and planning committee of the presidential summit on tourism in Lagos, Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke said it was necessary to develop travel and tourism sector of Nigeria because of its importance to the economy.
He said that the tourism sector can create jobs for many unemployment youth if comprehensively developed.
“When we talk about the challenges facing the youth in Nigeria, tourism is one of the very few sectors that will be able to accommodate all kinds of professionals, this is one sector that brings other sectors together”, Duke said.
“In South Africa, tourism is the greatest contributor to their GDP, for Nigeria to be among top 20 countries by 2020 we must begin to do some of those things that they are doing.”
He said that Nigeria has about 242 tourist sites and 100 heritage sites that have not been properly developed, adding that “it will help us to reposition our country.”
In his own speech, the Chief Executive Officer of NSE, Oscar Onyema, said there is an enormous growth opportunity in the tourism sector.
Onyema said the exchange is committed to the development of the tourism sector in Nigeria, expressing his hope that the ongoing national discourse will set the tone for a higher level of interest and investment in the sector than ever witnessed before now.