Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has called on investors, global tourism and residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to explore the blooming economic green fields of Abuja in 2019.
Citing the huge progress recorded in the areas of infrastructure, rail mass transit, and new airport terminal, the minister declared that Abuja today, has become a potential mining field for investment and tourism.
He expressed appreciation to FCT residents for their support and partnership towards the milestones achieved by his administration in the passing year, just as he appealed for continued support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in his resolve to take Nigeria, to the Next Level.
“We also use this occasion to convey our sincere appreciation to all residents for their partnership and sacrifices in all we accomplished last year. These includes city infrastructure and utilities, rail mass transport, satellite towns infrastructure and rural roads, health, education and lots more, all of which were achieved under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Your efforts and hard work have made the Abuja dream a reality. Today Abuja has become a leading investment, conference and tourism destination in West Africa.”
The minister stressed that Abuja’s strategic location in the heart of Nigeria and indeed, the heart of Africa and its rich hospitality culture and beautiful cityscape has made the territory the wise choice for business.
Bello also paid tribute to the founding fathers of the territory, noting that Abuja today has exceeded older states as the preferred destination for investment and tourism.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the present administration's efforts at improving security and upgrading infrastructure is a deliberate policy to promote tourism in Nigeria.
The Minister, who stated this when he received the Secretary-General of the D-8, Mr. Dato’ Ku Jafafar Ku Shaari, on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja on Tuesday, noted that without the provision of security and critical infrastructure, tourism development will remain a mirage.
The Ogun State Government on Monday said the ongoing renovation of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s family house into heritage museum would soon be completed.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Olumuyiwa Oladipo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the project, which began in early 2017, was 70 per cent completed.
The commissioner said the renovation was aimed at preserving the late music legend’s achievement by turning the family house into a tourists’ site.
Nigeria is notably missing among the top countries in the Africa Visa Openness Index, an annual survey conducted by the African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Conversely, seven West African countries were listed among the top 20 including Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Togo while Southern Africa has the least number with four and North Africa has one.
Earlier in 2018, the Nigerian government had announced a Visa-On-Arrival policy for international travelers as part of
The African Director, Moroccan National Tourism Office, Jalal Imani, has called for collaboration between his country and Nigeria to promote tourism in Africa.
He made the call in Marrakech during a familiarisation trip organised by his agency.
According to Imani, such collaboration, besides its economic benefits, will promote regional peace and unity, transfer of cultural heritage and further boost bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her annual Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) on November 21st and 22nd 2018, at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, where the President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to analytically look at the Nigeria’s tourism map and build motorable roads leading to and from tourist destinations.
The United States of America has continued to show its appreciation and support of Nigeria's rich cultural heritage and tourism assets. This is contrary to the popular perception that the current United States administration, led by President Donald Trump, has no regards for African values and treats Africa nations with disdain.