On the eve of Nigeria's 2019 national elections, the country has for the second year running being announced as the largest economy in Africa. This appears to be an extraordinary feat because three years earlier, precisely in 2016, the Nigerian economy slipped into a very difficult recession. Albeit, prior to the recession, Nigeria undertook an economic rebasing in 2013 and emerged the largest African economy, overtaking South Africa.
“The Africa Cup of Nations Championship is likely to attract around 50,000 tourists to Egypt in June 2019,” Sports and Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhy affirmed during the higher meeting in charge of the organization of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.
Believed to be followed by almost 2.1 billion people all over the world, Sobhy referred to the championship’s foremost eminence economically and sportively. Still, Sobhy asserted the big event’s key role in reviving Egyptian tourism.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and ECOWAS, have signed an agreement for a study into a 1,000 km highway that will link Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital Abidjan, to Lagos. Mr Chawki Chahed, Senior Communications Officer, Communication and External Relations Department of AfDB, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Chahed disclosed that the development would mark a new step in building regional integration and trade in the sub-region.
The Nigerian government is to upgrade and explore new ways to make the Museum in NOK Community in Kaduna State, North-Western Nigeria a tourist hub as a way of diversifying the country’s economy. Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this while being honoured with the title of Wey Sim Nok (The son that loves the Nok) by the district head of Nok, his royal highness, Mr. Banu Adamu in Kaduna State.
Dr. Onu, said that the present generation owed it a duty to improve upon the legacies of Nigeria’s forebears to enhance the country’s artefacts through innovation.
The minister of state on Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the Port Harcourt international airport project was funded through the China-Exim bank loan of $500m with a US $100m counterpart fund facility.
“At the time this administration came on board, the level of work was below 30% and bedeviled with various technical challenges which included foundation design change, inaccessibility to Apron, inadequate Apron space,master plan distortion, water and sewage provision, inadequate power supply.”
Recently, the Ugandan President Mr. Kaguta Museveni accused the tourism ministry of failing to attract more tourist in the country. In 2017, about 1.3 tourists visited Uganda bringing in 1.4 billion dollars in revenue. The Ugandan President was quoted as saying:
"A country like Spain that has nothing to show be visited by 50 million people and Uganda just 2 million people and you are here congratulating yourself? Uganda Tourism Board is mediocre and I don't like that type of mediocrity. Uganda has great potential in tourism...other countries have nothing to show but they manage to attract more tourists."
As the year unfolds with uncertainty surrounding revenue generations by the government and tackling unemployment, the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), has charged the government at all levels and the organised private sector (OPS) to pay serious attention to tourism development and promotion.
The body of organised travel journalists, writers and bloggers, lamented that despite the vast potential and comparative advantage that the country has in tourism that the government has continued to pay lip-service to the