For many, the thought of Northern Nigeria conjures up images of bomb-damaged and dangerous cities with inhospitable residents; however, this is not entirely true as the region features idyllic cascades, picturesque plateaus, captivating architecture and welcoming locals who are proud to show off their local cities and culture.
Those who are eventually drawn in by allure that the northern regions of of the country has, very rarely know where to go in that corner of the nation, and so for the most part end up avoiding it all together. There is however something very unique and exotic about these cities that should make most Nigerians want to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Here's a look at Jovago.com's Top 10 cities to visit in Northern Nigeria!
The capital city of Kebbi State and headquarters of the Gwandu Emirate, Birnin Kebbi is a city that boasts a blend of culture, history and tradition. Despite its decline as a river port owing to unstable political conditions, it now serves as a major local market center for food resources. Its narrow streets are lined with restaurants and bars beckoning for you to eat, drink and appreciate the culture.
Eket beach at Night
Located in the second largest city in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, Eket Beach is top on the list of popular seashores around the country, especially since it gets its origin from the Atlantic Ocean.
Over the years, it has become a huge tourist attraction visited by not only foreigners but locals from neighboring states. And as with most seasides, the beach caters to a large crowd, especially during public holidays or festive seasons.
Going to the beach is typically a daytime activity, but the beach can be just as thrilling at night. Whereas some consider mingling with crowd and in engaging in the daytime activities fun, there a few that enjoy the peace and tranquility of visiting the beach while the sun sets or in the still of the night.
If you are a night crawler and are contemplating a possible visit at night, Jovago.com, Africa's No 1 online hotel booking portal shares 4 reasons why you should stop hesitating and make the move.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) have recently signed a memorandum of Understanding on the 10th of June, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The core component of the agreement was centered on innovation and talent development. They have formally agreed to jointly advocate for innovation and talent development in the public and private sectors as a means to promote competitive and sustainable tourism development, with a particular focus on the air transport industry. In line with the agreement, IATA will support the creation of a new category within the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism, which will recognize innovation in marketing, product development with the objective to enhance connectivity and increase travel accessibility by airlines, travel agents and other travel and tourism companies.
Recently, another milestone was recorded between South Africa and Nigeria, the two largest economies in the continent. It is a news that will definitely excite both leisure and business tourists in both countries. They have approved visa waiver for holders of official and diplomatic passports from both countries. Presidents, Jacob Zuma of South Africa and GoodLuck Jonathan of Nigeria both met in Cape Town, South Africa where the agreement was signed. Various issues were discussed on how to improve on relationship between both countries as they agreed on so many issues aimed at boosting development in the continent. The bilateral agreements also cover geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy and fields of information and communication technology. Beside the visas waiver agreement both countries also signed eight other bilateral agreements which include, cooperation in legal field, oil and gas sectors, power sector, environment,defence cooperation, women development and empowerment and so on. Ministers from both countries have been charged to ensure the effective implementation of the newly signed instruments and the conclusion of outstanding agreements.President Jacob Zuma expressed his satisfaction over the trade relationships that have existed between both countries especially in the telecommunication industry.
The Nigerian Customs is not coordinated as far as PAAR implementation is concerned. As a result, importers spend over one month to generate PAAR as against the six hours earlier proposed by the Service. Sometimes delays come from banks, Customs or the importer because most of the importers are not conversant with the intricacies guiding the policy. According to the import guideline, the process of generating PAAR depends largely on the importer, whose responsibility it is to provide the purchasing documents, but the actual processing lies between the importer and the transacting banks that send the documents to the customs for approval. To obtain PAAR, the importer has to provide the purchasing invoice and other three documents from the manufacturer before he or she would be allowed to open a ‘Form M’, after which the person would be given approval to import the goods. The manufacturer would give the importer the original bill of lading, certificate of value, packing list and the others which the importer would also send to the Customs through the bank to prepare PAAR and send back to the bank. This process is prone to delay because before the importer would be able to collect all the required documents, the goods would have been in Nigeria after which it takes another one month to obtain the PAAR Regularly, banks end up returning the documents to the importer for amendment before they would be approved by Customs, which might also for some reasons return the