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We’ve Spent Over $9Billion on Infrastructure…FG

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We’ve Spent Over $9Billion on Infrastructure...FG

Lai Mohammed

Aminat Isah, Abuja

The Federal Government says it has spent over USD $9billion on the building of infrastructure since the commencement of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed stated this during a press briefing in Abuja on sunday to herald the 61st Meeting of the UNWTO-CAF, which is due to start off tomorrow, Monday, June 4th 2018, and run through Wednesday, 6th of June 2018.

Explaining that the increased infrastructural development across the country have helped improved the rate of foreign investors coming into the country adding that 166 foreign delegates , 26Ministers and 332 0Nigerian delegates have confirmed their attendance and have arrived while many more are still being expected.

This, the minister said led to Nigeria’s ranking as the 24th globally on the ease of doing business especially with the visa processes which has been made easier for investors.

” All the necessary preparations have been made to ensure this. The main committee, as well as the many sub-committees, have worked tirelessly to make this event a huge success. We also expect an impressive attendance. As at today, we have confirmation from 166 foreign delegates, 26 Ministers and 332 Nigerian delegates, excluding the gentlemen of the press. Several delegates have arrived and many more are expected in today.

The Ministet noting the theme of the meeting: ” Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development”. Said the theme fits very well into Nigeria’s quest to improve on her  tourism statistics for planning purposes and the ultimate development of her tourism.

The Minister thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his invaluable support, without which this event would not have been possible.

“Thanks to the successes recorded by this administration in fighting insecurity, we are holding this global meeting here. Four years ago, hosting this event in Abuja would have been a pipe dream, considering the level of insecurity. Remember that Boko Haram carried out many deadly attacks in this capital city. That is now history. Nigeria is safe and secure for its citizens and for foreign tourists and investors. Whatever pockets of criminal acts that exist are being addressed squarely,” said Mohammed

The Minister some of the highlighs of the event to include: welcome cocktail for the delegates this Sunday evening,  grand opening ceremony, to be performed by President Muhammadu Buhari, after which we will be Ministers’ meeting on Monday; Technical Seminar and the meeting to be wrapped up on Wednesday by the Technical Visit, which will take the delegates to the Eko Atlantic City in Lagos.

ROYAL NEWS reports that other highlights are; the showcase of the rich and diverse culture of Nigeria; the Seki Dance Drama from the South-South, the command performance of the globally-acclaimed ‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Drum Assembly, the Ekemini Dance group from Akwa Ibom, the Benue State Cultural Troupe, and the Ebonyi State Cultural Troupe.

Also speaking, Secretary-General of the UN World TourismOrganization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, said one of the objective of the UN is to eradicate poverty across Africa nations and the best way to end poverty is to create more jobs but jobs.

Zurab added that the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

” As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

He said: “UNWTO priorities includes improvingtourism competitiveness, Promoting sustainable tourism development, Advancing tourism’s contribution to poverty reduction and development, Fostering knowledge, education and capacity building and building partnerships,” said Zurab

“job cannot be created without good and quality education therefore establish strong education centres in the country and in doing so, the United Nations is promoting Nigeria and other Africa continents to attract local and foreign investors for the development of the continent.

“Tourism is the best way to create new jobs and we are here to discuss how to make it better and easier because most of the countries have their own policies. We will also be discussing how to make borders accessible for tourists in Africa continents.”

 

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