Minister says efficient Security, Infrastructure Will Boost Tourism
.Says FG invests N2.7 trillion in infrastructure
By Joel ThankGod (Abuja)
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 D-8, Mr. Dato’ Ku Jafafar Ku Shaari, on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja, noted that without the provision of security and critical infrastructure, tourism development would remain a mirage.
He said, “Without peace and security, the best tourist attractions would be inaccessible to anybody. As a matter of fact, without peace, security and stability, travel advisories would actually discourage or even prohibit tourists from coming to those areas. People don’t invest in areas where there is insecurity. That is why government makes it a cardinal principle to address the issue of insecurity in the country”.
Alhaji Mohammed said in spite of recent setbacks in the fight against insurgency, the government has succeeded in banishing Boko Haram to the fringes of Lake Chad, from where they carry out cowardly attacks.
On the provision of infrastructure, he said the Administration has invested N2.7 trillion in infrastructure within two years.
“You cannot have tourism without infrastructure. There must be roads, airports, power. Without these things, you can’t even access the tourist attractions and it’s on record that this government has in the last two years – 2016-2017 invested massively in infrastructure,” he said.
The Minister assured that Nigeria is poised to take advantage of its membership of the D-8 to advance its tourism sector.
In his remarks, the Secretary-General of D-8 said his team was in the ministry to get input of government towards the development of a strategic vision, on how member countries can share experiences and knowledge on tourism.
“The purpose of our visit is to learn from government and the ministry in all the activities in respect of culture and tourism, to see where we can connect as an organisation,” he said.