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  •  The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO says its maiden conference on Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism The Secretary General of UNWTO Mr Zurab Pololikashvili stated this in Arusha Tanzania at the 65th meeting of the Organisation s Regional Commission for Africa CAF The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov 14 to Nov 16 at the National Theatre Lagos UNWTO top officials and experts international organisations stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism cultural and the creative industries and the media are also expected to participate in the global conference Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference Pololikashvili said it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature When we are talking about culture we are also talking about tourism We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity I am therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy he said Speaking in the same vein the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference is the first ever of its type by UNWTO What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions plenary sessions sub committee meetings But for the first time this conference is going to showcase the link between culture tourism and creative industry What we are going to have in Lagos is exhibition of gastronomy fashion music Nollywood Really it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see feel and taste culture and creativity he said Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos Responding to the invitation extended to CAF the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d Ivoire Mr Siandou Fofana expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO at large stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism Hamat Bah specifically recalled the stabilising role Nigeria and its Minister Mohammed played in Chengdu China in 2017 when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary General seat He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession before the present Secretary General Pololikashvilli was elected for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO
     The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO says its maiden conference on Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism The Secretary General of UNWTO Mr Zurab Pololikashvili stated this in Arusha Tanzania at the 65th meeting of the Organisation s Regional Commission for Africa CAF The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov 14 to Nov 16 at the National Theatre Lagos UNWTO top officials and experts international organisations stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism cultural and the creative industries and the media are also expected to participate in the global conference Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference Pololikashvili said it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature When we are talking about culture we are also talking about tourism We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity I am therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy he said Speaking in the same vein the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference is the first ever of its type by UNWTO What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions plenary sessions sub committee meetings But for the first time this conference is going to showcase the link between culture tourism and creative industry What we are going to have in Lagos is exhibition of gastronomy fashion music Nollywood Really it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see feel and taste culture and creativity he said Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos Responding to the invitation extended to CAF the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d Ivoire Mr Siandou Fofana expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO at large stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism Hamat Bah specifically recalled the stabilising role Nigeria and its Minister Mohammed played in Chengdu China in 2017 when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary General seat He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession before the present Secretary General Pololikashvilli was elected for the first time NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO
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    Lagos Confab to open new vistas in global tourism – UNWTO

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) says its maiden conference on “Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries’’ holding in Lagos will open new vistas in global tourism.

    The Secretary-General of UNWTO, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, stated this in Arusha, Tanzania, at the 65th meeting of the Organisation’s Regional Commission for Africa (CAF).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the international conference expected to attract delegates from166 UNWTO member countries will hold from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16 at the National Theatre, Lagos.

    UNWTO top officials and experts, international organisations, stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as civil society working on tourism, cultural and the creative industries, and the media, are also expected to participate in the global conference.

    Stressing the need why all CAF members should be at the conference, Pololikashvili said “it is the first time the UNWTO will be celebrating and exploring culture and creativity in its raw nature.

    “When we are talking about culture, we are also talking about tourism “We want to use the opportunity of this conference to come together to showcase what Nigeria and Africa in general has to offer to the world in terms of culture and creativity.

    “I am, therefore calling on CAF members to priotise their attendance at the conference, with the agenda of promoting African gastronomy,’’ he said.

    Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Lagos global conference “ is the first ever of its type by UNWTO.

    “What the UNWTO does is meetings of Commissions, plenary sessions, sub-committee meetings.

    “But for the first time, this conference is going to showcase the link between culture, tourism and creative industry.

    “What we are going to have in Lagos, is exhibition of gastronomy, fashion, music, Nollywood.

    “Really, it is the first in the annals of the UNWTO that we will have a global conference where very little time is devoted to plenary session but people are going to have time to see, feel and taste culture and creativity,’’ he said.

    Mohammed said he looked forward to receiving CAF and UNWTO members at large in Lagos.

    Responding to the invitation extended to CAF, the Chairman of the Commission and Minister of Tourism of Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Siandou Fofana, expressed strong support for Nigeria He emphasised the immense contributions of Nigeria to CAF and the UNWTO, at large, stressing that their attendance at the conference is a pay back time.

    The Gambia Minister of Culture and Tourism, Hamat Bah, specifically recalled the stabilising  role Nigeria and its Minister, Mohammed played in Chengdu, China in 2017, when Africa was faced with a dilemma over succession to the UNWTO Secretary-General seat.

    He said Nigeria played the stabilising role when the organisation was at the verge of crisis of succession, before the present Secretary-General, Pololikashvilli, was elected for the first time.


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  •   Nigeria canvasses intra Africa tourism at UN Conference Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterpart from Niger Republic Mohamed Hamid at the ongoing 65th Meeting of UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa in Arusha Tanzania Tourism By Rotimi Ijikanmi Arusha Oct 5 2020 The Federal Government has called on African leaders to take measures at promoting intra African tourism to reverse the present high tendency of tourists from the continent travelling to Asia Europe and America The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai made the call on Wednesday in Arusha Tanzania at the opening of the 65th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting being attended by no fewer than 40 African Ministers of Tourism has the theme Rebuilding Africa s Tourism Resilience For Inclusive Socio Economic Development The minister noted that intra African tourism would popularise and enhance the attractiveness of Africa s enormous but under utilized tourism resources He identified the resources to include beautiful white beaches diverse flora and fauna world class national parks historical sites and monuments music films stage plays gastronomy and fashion and many more Tourism can be a gold mine in Africa if we all fully explore its potentials i e business tourism destination tourism medical tourism religious tourism entertainment tourism gastronomy tourism etc I believe that we as member states working together can help in three key ways namely green and innovative investments investing to ensure that no region is left behind he said Mohammed also underscored the need for African countries to collectively and individually address the challenges relating to poor connectivity unfavourable visa regimes insecurity and high cost of air transport He added that challenges of low quality of tourism support services including hotels buses and professional skills should be addressed Mohammed congratulated the UNWTO Secretary General Mr Zurab Pololikashvili for the great milestone achieved in the organisation He also welcomed the report of the Secretary General focusing on sustainability based on the programmes and activities of the organisation The Minister appreciated UNWTO for recently awarding 100 Tourism Online Academy Scholarships to Nigerians willing to undertake basic training in sightseeing He said Nigeria s membership of UNWTO spans five decades adding that since joining the Organisation the country has been consistent in its commitment to its activities Speaking in the same veins Pololikashvili sad the continent must work together and encourage free trade and cooperation He assured that the UNWTO will work with the continent for the revitilisation of tourism sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria canvasses intra-Africa tourism at UN Conference
      Nigeria canvasses intra Africa tourism at UN Conference Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterpart from Niger Republic Mohamed Hamid at the ongoing 65th Meeting of UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa in Arusha Tanzania Tourism By Rotimi Ijikanmi Arusha Oct 5 2020 The Federal Government has called on African leaders to take measures at promoting intra African tourism to reverse the present high tendency of tourists from the continent travelling to Asia Europe and America The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai made the call on Wednesday in Arusha Tanzania at the opening of the 65th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting being attended by no fewer than 40 African Ministers of Tourism has the theme Rebuilding Africa s Tourism Resilience For Inclusive Socio Economic Development The minister noted that intra African tourism would popularise and enhance the attractiveness of Africa s enormous but under utilized tourism resources He identified the resources to include beautiful white beaches diverse flora and fauna world class national parks historical sites and monuments music films stage plays gastronomy and fashion and many more Tourism can be a gold mine in Africa if we all fully explore its potentials i e business tourism destination tourism medical tourism religious tourism entertainment tourism gastronomy tourism etc I believe that we as member states working together can help in three key ways namely green and innovative investments investing to ensure that no region is left behind he said Mohammed also underscored the need for African countries to collectively and individually address the challenges relating to poor connectivity unfavourable visa regimes insecurity and high cost of air transport He added that challenges of low quality of tourism support services including hotels buses and professional skills should be addressed Mohammed congratulated the UNWTO Secretary General Mr Zurab Pololikashvili for the great milestone achieved in the organisation He also welcomed the report of the Secretary General focusing on sustainability based on the programmes and activities of the organisation The Minister appreciated UNWTO for recently awarding 100 Tourism Online Academy Scholarships to Nigerians willing to undertake basic training in sightseeing He said Nigeria s membership of UNWTO spans five decades adding that since joining the Organisation the country has been consistent in its commitment to its activities Speaking in the same veins Pololikashvili sad the continent must work together and encourage free trade and cooperation He assured that the UNWTO will work with the continent for the revitilisation of tourism sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria canvasses intra-Africa tourism at UN Conference
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    Nigeria canvasses intra-Africa tourism at UN Conference

    Nigeria canvasses intra-Africa tourism at UN Conference Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterpart from Niger Republic, Mohamed Hamid, at the ongoing 65th Meeting of UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa in Arusha, Tanzania. 

    Tourism By Rotimi Ijikanmi Arusha, Oct. 5, 2020 The Federal Government has called on African leaders to take measures at promoting intra-African tourism to reverse the present high tendency of tourists from the continent travelling to Asia, Europe and America.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai made the call on Wednesday in Arusha, Tanzania at the opening of the 65th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation(UNWTO)’ Regional Commission for Africa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting being attended by no fewer than 40 African Ministers of Tourism has the theme “Rebuilding Africa’s Tourism Resilience For Inclusive Socio-Economic Development’’.

    The minister noted that intra-African tourism would popularise and enhance the attractiveness of Africa’s enormous but under-utilized tourism resources.

    He identified the resources to include, beautiful white beaches, diverse flora and fauna, world class national parks, historical sites and monuments, music, films, stage plays, gastronomy and fashion and many more “Tourism can be a gold mine in Africa if we all fully explore its potentials i.

    e business tourism, destination tourism, medical tourism, religious tourism, entertainment tourism, gastronomy tourism etc.

    “I believe that we, as member states working together, can help in three key ways, namely: green and innovative investments, investing to ensure that no region is left behind,’’ he said.

    Mohammed also underscored the need for African countries to, collectively and individually, address the challenges relating to poor connectivity, unfavourable visa regimes, insecurity and high cost of air transport.

    He added that challenges of low quality of tourism support services including hotels, buses and professional skills should be addressed.

    Mohammed congratulated the UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili for the great milestone achieved in the organisation.

    He also welcomed the report of the Secretary General focusing on sustainability based on the programmes and activities of the organisation.

    The Minister appreciated UNWTO for recently,  awarding 100 Tourism Online Academy Scholarships to Nigerians willing to undertake basic training in sightseeing.

    He said Nigeria’s membership of UNWTO spans five decades adding that since joining the Organisation the country has been consistent in its commitment to its activities.

    Speaking in the same veins, Pololikashvili sad the continent must work together and encourage free trade and cooperation.

    He assured that the UNWTO will work with the continent for the revitilisation of tourism sector.

    .


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance Represented by the President of Senate Ahmed Lawan Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma at prayer at the National Mosque Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme Shura The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura good leadership can be better achieved with consultations It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made Buhari said According to him in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance Buhari added At that level participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted they can advise to make their views known To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen Therefore the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God in February 2023 Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there The day is a long time They say in politics but I also think in governance between now and then those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better Buhari said The president was also optimistic that everything will end well by the grace of God Earlier Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy Abubakar III observed that the system of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria The Sultan said It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn t suit us Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society all associated with democracy It is important not to lose sight of the points We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy Abubakar III said that some countries like China do not practise western democracy but they were striving adding their economy is growing and going higher and higher But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world But the countries that don t practice western democracy have been doing very well And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions On his part Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication while promoting national cohesion and identity This will go a long way in stemming intertribal communal and ethic suspicions animosity aggression and conflicts Mustapha said NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture a special Juma at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque Prof Shehu Galadanchi was held The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country total eradication of poverty and all forms of challenges facing the country In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed Others were the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari former Zamfara governor Sen Ahmed Yarima Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance Represented by the President of Senate Ahmed Lawan Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma at prayer at the National Mosque Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme Shura The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura good leadership can be better achieved with consultations It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made Buhari said According to him in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance Buhari added At that level participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted they can advise to make their views known To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen Therefore the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God in February 2023 Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there The day is a long time They say in politics but I also think in governance between now and then those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better Buhari said The president was also optimistic that everything will end well by the grace of God Earlier Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy Abubakar III observed that the system of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria The Sultan said It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn t suit us Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society all associated with democracy It is important not to lose sight of the points We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy Abubakar III said that some countries like China do not practise western democracy but they were striving adding their economy is growing and going higher and higher But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world But the countries that don t practice western democracy have been doing very well And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions On his part Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication while promoting national cohesion and identity This will go a long way in stemming intertribal communal and ethic suspicions animosity aggression and conflicts Mustapha said NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture a special Juma at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque Prof Shehu Galadanchi was held The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country total eradication of poverty and all forms of challenges facing the country In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed Others were the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari former Zamfara governor Sen Ahmed Yarima Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance
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    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance

    President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance.

    Represented by the President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme: “Shura: The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy”.

    ” As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura, good leadership can be better achieved with consultations.

    “It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made”Buhari said.

    According to him,  in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria, it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance.

    Buhari added: “At that level,  participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted, they can advise to make their views known.

    ” To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen.

    “Therefore, the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God, in February 2023, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders.

    ” But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there.

    The day is a long time.

    “They say in politics, but I also think in governance between now and then, those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed.

    “They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better,”Buhari said.

    The president was also optimistic that “everything will end well by the grace of God.”Earlier, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy.

    Abubakar III observed that the system.

    of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values.

    He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria.

    The Sultan said:” It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis.

    ” This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn’t suit us.

    “Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago.

    ” I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society, all associated with democracy.

    ” It is important not to lose sight of the points.

    We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy.

    ” Abubakar III said that some countries like  China do not practise western democracy, but they were striving, adding, “their economy is growing and going higher and higher.

    ” But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world.

    But the countries that don’t practice western democracy have been doing very well.

    ” And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions.

    ” On his part, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue.

    Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication, while promoting national cohesion and identity.

    ” This will go a long way in stemming intertribal, communal and ethic suspicions, animosity, aggression and conflicts,” Mustapha said.

    NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture, a special Juma’at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi was held.

    The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country.

    Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country, total eradication of poverty and all forms of  challenges facing the country.

    In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

    Others were the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, former Zamfara governor, Sen. Ahmed Yarima, Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji  Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, among others.

    .


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  •  Rep Balarabe Kakale PDP Sokoto and some indigenes of Sokoto state demanded the unconditional return of looted historical artefacts by the colonial masters from France and UK Kakale member representing Shuni federal constituency in Sokoto state made the call in a statement jointly signed along with other group members and made available to the newsmen in Sokoto The group described the looted intellectual literary works artifacts and relics as objects that were deeply rooted in the minds of the descendants The statement alleged that it was deliberate colonial policy made to subvert and deny people contextual functional education healthcare commerce and housing as well as employment opportunities through deliberate strangulation of the caliphate industries Literary works are irrevocable unchangeable and distinctive values with attached importance to our past our history our heritage our pride and symbols of heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers Allowing them to relinquish in the museums of other nations robs us of our history our pride and our divinity as a people We are working with partners and institutions to create a catalog of Sokoto Caliphate s cultural literary and religious red list that will contain all artifacts relics and memorabilia looted from the Sokoto Caliphate and its Emirates during and after the illegal and unjustifiable invasion and colonialism group said in the statement They added that women children and other wounded persons were indiscriminately killed or executed for resistance to the colonial invasion The statement also seeks an apology from the colonial masters for unwarranted and unjustifiable atrocities committed against the people of the Caliphate The launch of this campaign is to reawaken the potentials of the good people in the Caliphate and further strengthen the provision of UNESCO and ECOWAS conventions We appeal to the Minister of Information and National Orientation Alhaji Lai Mohammed the National Assembly and other authorities to support the effort the group said The group noted that the historical relics were seized in places such as Sokoto Gwandu Sifawa Argungu Zazzau Adamawa Kano Katsina Gombe Katagum Binji Kilgori Yabo and Ardon Shuni among many other libraries of the Caliphate It is worthy to search for the return of Caliphate Flags Symbols and other Insignia of the State Authority Seals and Staff of office They are priceless and timeless pieces of high intellects science technology and Craftsmanship and advance social administrative and structure of governance of the people of the Caliphate now and forever the group added The group argued that colonial masters of France and the United Kingdom after decades of atrocities enslavement exploitation and massacre committed against the people in 1903 taken away the items The News Agency of Nigeria the group is made up of Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi District Head of Gagi Alhaji Nura Mahe Convener of Sokoto Heritage Reloaded Initiative and Alhaji Shehu Takatuku the President Giginya Community Environment Protection Association Others are Alhaji Lawal Yahaya Ambassador General Mutawalle Health Foundation Lafiyq Sak Hajia Hauwa u Zaki the Coordinator Dan Buhari Shehu Heritage Development Initiative and Alhaji Musa Sabo who is the project Coordinator NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker, group demand unconditional return of artefacts from UK, France 
     Rep Balarabe Kakale PDP Sokoto and some indigenes of Sokoto state demanded the unconditional return of looted historical artefacts by the colonial masters from France and UK Kakale member representing Shuni federal constituency in Sokoto state made the call in a statement jointly signed along with other group members and made available to the newsmen in Sokoto The group described the looted intellectual literary works artifacts and relics as objects that were deeply rooted in the minds of the descendants The statement alleged that it was deliberate colonial policy made to subvert and deny people contextual functional education healthcare commerce and housing as well as employment opportunities through deliberate strangulation of the caliphate industries Literary works are irrevocable unchangeable and distinctive values with attached importance to our past our history our heritage our pride and symbols of heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers Allowing them to relinquish in the museums of other nations robs us of our history our pride and our divinity as a people We are working with partners and institutions to create a catalog of Sokoto Caliphate s cultural literary and religious red list that will contain all artifacts relics and memorabilia looted from the Sokoto Caliphate and its Emirates during and after the illegal and unjustifiable invasion and colonialism group said in the statement They added that women children and other wounded persons were indiscriminately killed or executed for resistance to the colonial invasion The statement also seeks an apology from the colonial masters for unwarranted and unjustifiable atrocities committed against the people of the Caliphate The launch of this campaign is to reawaken the potentials of the good people in the Caliphate and further strengthen the provision of UNESCO and ECOWAS conventions We appeal to the Minister of Information and National Orientation Alhaji Lai Mohammed the National Assembly and other authorities to support the effort the group said The group noted that the historical relics were seized in places such as Sokoto Gwandu Sifawa Argungu Zazzau Adamawa Kano Katsina Gombe Katagum Binji Kilgori Yabo and Ardon Shuni among many other libraries of the Caliphate It is worthy to search for the return of Caliphate Flags Symbols and other Insignia of the State Authority Seals and Staff of office They are priceless and timeless pieces of high intellects science technology and Craftsmanship and advance social administrative and structure of governance of the people of the Caliphate now and forever the group added The group argued that colonial masters of France and the United Kingdom after decades of atrocities enslavement exploitation and massacre committed against the people in 1903 taken away the items The News Agency of Nigeria the group is made up of Alhaji Sani Umar Jabbi District Head of Gagi Alhaji Nura Mahe Convener of Sokoto Heritage Reloaded Initiative and Alhaji Shehu Takatuku the President Giginya Community Environment Protection Association Others are Alhaji Lawal Yahaya Ambassador General Mutawalle Health Foundation Lafiyq Sak Hajia Hauwa u Zaki the Coordinator Dan Buhari Shehu Heritage Development Initiative and Alhaji Musa Sabo who is the project Coordinator NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker, group demand unconditional return of artefacts from UK, France 
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    Lawmaker, group demand unconditional return of artefacts from UK, France 

    Rep. Balarabe Kakale (PDP-Sokoto), and some indigenes of Sokoto state demanded the unconditional return of looted historical artefacts by the colonial masters from France and UK.

    Kakale, member representing -Shuni federal constituency in Sokoto state made the call in a statement jointly signed along with other group members and made available to the newsmen in Sokoto.

    The group described the looted intellectual, literary works, artifacts, and relics as objects that were deeply rooted in the minds of the descendants.

    The statement alleged that it was deliberate colonial policy made to subvert and deny people contextual functional education, healthcare, commerce, and housing as well as employment opportunities through deliberate strangulation of the caliphate industries.

    ” Literary works are irrevocable, unchangeable and distinctive values with attached importance to our past, our history, our heritage, our pride, and symbols of heroism and sacrifice of our forefathers.

    ” Allowing them to relinquish in the museums of other nations robs us of our history, our pride and our divinity as a people.

    “ We are working with partners and institutions to create a catalog of Sokoto Caliphate’s cultural, literary, and religious red list that will contain all artifacts, relics and memorabilia looted from the Sokoto Caliphate and its Emirates during and after the illegal and unjustifiable invasion and colonialism.

    ” group said in the statement.

    They added that women, children, and other wounded persons were indiscriminately killed or executed for resistance to the colonial invasion.

    The statement also seeks an apology from the colonial masters for unwarranted and unjustifiable atrocities committed against the people of the Caliphate.

    ”The launch of this campaign is to reawaken the potentials of the good people in the Caliphate and further strengthen the provision of UNESCO and ECOWAS conventions.

    ”We appeal to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the National Assembly and other authorities to support the effort,” the group said.

    The group noted that the historical relics were seized in places such as Sokoto, Gwandu, Sifawa, Argungu, Zazzau, Adamawa, Kano, Katsina, Gombe, Katagum, Binji, Kilgori, Yabo, and Ardon Shuni among many other libraries of the Caliphate.

    ” It is worthy to search for the return of Caliphate Flags, Symbols and other Insignia of the State Authority, Seals and Staff of office.

    ” They are priceless and timeless pieces of high intellects, science, technology, and Craftsmanship and advance social administrative and structure of governance of the people of the Caliphate, now and forever, ” the group added.

    The group argued that colonial masters of France and the United Kingdom after decades of atrocities, enslavement, exploitation, and massacre committed against the people in 1903 taken away the items.

    The News Agency of Nigeria the group is made up of Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Nura Mahe, Convener of Sokoto Heritage Reloaded Initiative and Alhaji Shehu Takatuku, the President, Giginya Community Environment Protection Association.

    Others are Alhaji Lawal Yahaya, Ambassador General, Mutawalle Health Foundation-Lafiyq Sak, Hajia Hauwa’u Zaki, the Coordinator, Dan Buhari Shehu Heritage Development Initiative and Alhaji Musa Sabo, who is the project Coordinator.


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  •  The National Troupe of Nigeria NTN on Thursday staged a play titled Echoes of the Drums emphasising on the need for Nigerians to imbibe harmonious lifestyle Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Artistic Director NTN said that the relevance of the play was in the subtle allegorical messages of love brotherliness unity co habitation and hope Mohammed noted that these messages were creatively twined and knitted through drums and music rhythms According to him such messages are needed at this stage of the nation s political and social life as a multi cultural and multi ethnic society He however urged Nigerians to be committed to making the nation work on all fronts He said this could only be possible when individuals take conscious efforts to be united in purpose and indivisible in spirit The performance is a major production of NTN in the 2022 production season and it is our contribution to celebrate Nigeria at 62 NTN is strongly committed to encouraging creativity discovery and development of talents in the performing arts through artistic productions geared toward national aspirations The play was written by Ola Awakan he said Mohammed expressed readiness to partner with government agencies non governmental agencies corporate organisations and diplomatic corps to drive the unity mandate Earlier Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister of Information Culture and Tourism said that the concept of using storytelling drumming and other traditional mediums to promote peace and unity was very important in the nation s quest for social integration and development Mohammed was represented by Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao Director General Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation CBAAC According to him drumming and storytelling are two very important components of the African culture which has been engaged overtime for entertainment and as vital means of communication I am particularly pleased with the fact that we are witnessing the synergy and the use of two traditional mediums of communication which is drumming and storytelling to convey the message of peace brotherliness and togetherness to the Nigerian people This is important as we look forward to celebrating the 62nd independence celebration of our dear nation I find this quite critical at this time of our national life we must deploy these mediums inherent in our culture as veritable tools to foster social interaction peace unity and progress among the people of Nigeria he said Also Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director National Film and Video Censors Board NFVCB commended NTN for a laudable presentation urging Nigerians to embrace peace and harmonious lifestyle Thomas advised NTN to take stage plays to secondary schools to catch the children young culturally and ensure all ethnic groups and tribes become united again This is a good one NTN has my total support on this because this is an avenue through which more understanding can be effected among Nigerians and unity can be achieved he said Mr Mike Anyanwu Director of the play said he was attracted to the play because it gave significance to African drums their invocative and therapeutic nature Anyanwu said he embraced the play because it centered around the need for unity According to him his major challenge directing the play was getting composite artistes who can act dance and drum He said another challenge was having to integrate all element of theatre production like music drumming acting and all Tairu Ajibode who acted as Sango in the play said his major challenge during the production of the play was sustaining his dance and delivering his lines simultaneously Ajibode said he had to go through several sessions of breathing exercise and dance rehearsals to be able to act well He urged Nigerians to uphold the morals projected in the play which had to do with imbibing and sustaining unity as this would help individuals across the nation achieve their common goals The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Echoes of the Drums is set within the birth of the first set of triplets Awogbola Onlude and Ayanlade in Ilu Ayan as their mother did not live long after their birth Abayan their father and head of the clan of drummers brings them up in the best way he can in the way of the drums They were able to overcome every challenge until suspicion and disagreement among them leads to separation but they were barely able to overcome their various encounters as separate individuals Fate brings them together in the final onslaught by the forest beings and spirits This was likened to Nigeria with three different ethnic groups and several tribes clamouring for separation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    62nd Independence: National Troupe stages “Echoes of the Drums”, emphasises harmony
     The National Troupe of Nigeria NTN on Thursday staged a play titled Echoes of the Drums emphasising on the need for Nigerians to imbibe harmonious lifestyle Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Artistic Director NTN said that the relevance of the play was in the subtle allegorical messages of love brotherliness unity co habitation and hope Mohammed noted that these messages were creatively twined and knitted through drums and music rhythms According to him such messages are needed at this stage of the nation s political and social life as a multi cultural and multi ethnic society He however urged Nigerians to be committed to making the nation work on all fronts He said this could only be possible when individuals take conscious efforts to be united in purpose and indivisible in spirit The performance is a major production of NTN in the 2022 production season and it is our contribution to celebrate Nigeria at 62 NTN is strongly committed to encouraging creativity discovery and development of talents in the performing arts through artistic productions geared toward national aspirations The play was written by Ola Awakan he said Mohammed expressed readiness to partner with government agencies non governmental agencies corporate organisations and diplomatic corps to drive the unity mandate Earlier Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister of Information Culture and Tourism said that the concept of using storytelling drumming and other traditional mediums to promote peace and unity was very important in the nation s quest for social integration and development Mohammed was represented by Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao Director General Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation CBAAC According to him drumming and storytelling are two very important components of the African culture which has been engaged overtime for entertainment and as vital means of communication I am particularly pleased with the fact that we are witnessing the synergy and the use of two traditional mediums of communication which is drumming and storytelling to convey the message of peace brotherliness and togetherness to the Nigerian people This is important as we look forward to celebrating the 62nd independence celebration of our dear nation I find this quite critical at this time of our national life we must deploy these mediums inherent in our culture as veritable tools to foster social interaction peace unity and progress among the people of Nigeria he said Also Alhaji Adedayo Thomas Executive Director National Film and Video Censors Board NFVCB commended NTN for a laudable presentation urging Nigerians to embrace peace and harmonious lifestyle Thomas advised NTN to take stage plays to secondary schools to catch the children young culturally and ensure all ethnic groups and tribes become united again This is a good one NTN has my total support on this because this is an avenue through which more understanding can be effected among Nigerians and unity can be achieved he said Mr Mike Anyanwu Director of the play said he was attracted to the play because it gave significance to African drums their invocative and therapeutic nature Anyanwu said he embraced the play because it centered around the need for unity According to him his major challenge directing the play was getting composite artistes who can act dance and drum He said another challenge was having to integrate all element of theatre production like music drumming acting and all Tairu Ajibode who acted as Sango in the play said his major challenge during the production of the play was sustaining his dance and delivering his lines simultaneously Ajibode said he had to go through several sessions of breathing exercise and dance rehearsals to be able to act well He urged Nigerians to uphold the morals projected in the play which had to do with imbibing and sustaining unity as this would help individuals across the nation achieve their common goals The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Echoes of the Drums is set within the birth of the first set of triplets Awogbola Onlude and Ayanlade in Ilu Ayan as their mother did not live long after their birth Abayan their father and head of the clan of drummers brings them up in the best way he can in the way of the drums They were able to overcome every challenge until suspicion and disagreement among them leads to separation but they were barely able to overcome their various encounters as separate individuals Fate brings them together in the final onslaught by the forest beings and spirits This was likened to Nigeria with three different ethnic groups and several tribes clamouring for separation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    62nd Independence: National Troupe stages “Echoes of the Drums”, emphasises harmony
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    62nd Independence: National Troupe stages “Echoes of the Drums”, emphasises harmony

    The National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) on Thursday staged a play, titled, “Echoes of the Drums”, emphasising on the need for Nigerians to imbibe harmonious lifestyle.

    Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed, Artistic Director, NTN, said that the relevance of the play was in the subtle allegorical messages of love, brotherliness, unity, co-habitation and hope.

    Mohammed noted that these messages were creatively twined and knitted through drums and music rhythms.

    According to him, such messages are needed at this stage of the nation’s political and social life as a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society.

    He, however, urged Nigerians to be committed to making the nation work on all fronts.

    He said this could only be possible when individuals take conscious efforts to be united in purpose and indivisible in spirit.

    “The performance is a major production of NTN in the 2022 production season and it is our contribution to celebrate Nigeria at 62.“NTN is strongly committed to encouraging creativity, discovery and development of talents in the performing arts through artistic productions geared toward national aspirations.

    “The play was written by Ola Awakan,” he said.

    Mohammed expressed readiness to partner with government agencies, non-governmental agencies, corporate organisations and diplomatic corps to drive the unity mandate.

    Earlier, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, said that the concept of using storytelling, drumming and other traditional mediums to promote peace and unity was very important in the nation’s quest for social integration and development.

    Mohammed was represented by Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao, Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC).

    According to him, drumming and storytelling are two very important components of the African culture which has been engaged overtime for entertainment and as vital means of communication.

    “I am particularly pleased with the fact that we are witnessing the synergy and the use of two traditional mediums of communication, which is drumming and storytelling to convey the message of peace, brotherliness and togetherness to the Nigerian people.

    “This is important as we look forward to celebrating the 62nd independence celebration of our dear nation.

    “I find this quite critical at this time of our national life, we must deploy these mediums inherent in our culture as veritable tools to foster social interaction, peace, unity and progress among the people of Nigeria,” he said.

    Also, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), commended NTN for a laudable presentation, urging Nigerians to embrace peace and harmonious lifestyle.

    Thomas advised NTN to take stage plays to secondary schools to catch the children young culturally and ensure all ethnic groups and tribes become united again.

    “This is a good one, NTN has my total support on this because this is an avenue through which more understanding can be effected among Nigerians and unity can be achieved,” he said.

    Mr Mike Anyanwu, Director of the play, said he was attracted to the play because it gave significance to African drums, their invocative and therapeutic nature.

    Anyanwu said he embraced the play because it centered around the need for unity.

    According to him, his major challenge directing the play was getting composite artistes who can act, dance and drum.

    He said another challenge was having to integrate all element of theatre production like music, drumming, acting and all.

    Tairu Ajibode, who acted as Sango in the play, said his major challenge during the production of the play was sustaining his dance and delivering his lines simultaneously.

    Ajibode said he had to go through several sessions of breathing exercise and dance rehearsals to be able to act well.

    He urged Nigerians to uphold the morals  projected in the play which had to do with imbibing and sustaining unity as this would help individuals across the nation achieve their common goals.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that “Echoes of the Drums” is set within the birth of the first set of triplets- Awogbola, Onlude and Ayanlade in Ilu Ayan, as their mother did not live long after their birth.

    Abayan, their father and head of the clan of drummers brings them up in the best way he can, in the way of the drums.

    They were able to overcome every challenge until suspicion and disagreement among them leads to separation but they were barely able to overcome their various encounters as separate individuals.

    Fate brings them together in the final onslaught by the forest beings and spirits.

    This was likened to Nigeria with three different ethnic groups and several tribes clamouring for separation.

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  •  NAN The Federal Government says the approval of the NIgeria Saudi Arabia Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture NSCCIMA will increase trade volume between both countries and reduce trust deficit The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday in Abuja when the President of the Chamber Alhaji Ibrahim Usman paid him a courtesy visit The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Usman presented a copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Chamber to the minister Mohammed hailed the registration of the Chambers after 11 years adding that it would improve the volume of trade between both countries currently put at about five million dollars He said the Chamber will also become a clearing house for businesses and investments thereby reducing trust deficit between business men from both countries According to the minister the Chambers is the beginning of a new relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia though both countries have cordial relations It will change the narrative that relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia is from the narrow perspective of religion and pilgrimage It will create a bridge for better cooperations between the two important nation s in the areas of petroleum industry cottage industry IT Power and creative industry It is therefore not a coincidence that Nigeria will soon be receiving 60 inter ministerial delegation from Saudi Arabia he said The minister charged Nigerian business community to take the opportunity of the Chamber to increase the trade volume between both countries He also corrected the erroneous impression that non Moslem cannot invest in Saudi Arabia saying that America is Saudi s biggest trading partner The minister thanked the president of the Chamber for his vision and resilience Earlier the president of the Chamber said in spite the large number of Nigerians flooding Saudi for Umrah and Hajj the official volume of trade between both oil rich countries was at least disappointing He said Nigerians had not taken the advantage of Saudi magnanimity by creating excellent windows of assistance through bilateral cooperations For instance whereas 46 countries including Egypt Pakistan Sudan Kenya Ghana have been enjoying billions of dollars in soft loans and trade related soft term facilities under the Saudi Export Programme no single dollar of facility was advanced to any business in Nigeria He said that Nigeria had a lot to learn from Saudi Arabia which has over the years built fantastic industrial estates in all their key cities Usman also corroborated the minister that religion would not be a barrier to investors because Saudi Arabia was opening up its immigration and economic policies based on its 2030 Vision He said Saudi recently opened its visa policy to investors and visitors entering any part of the country except Mecca and Medina Usman said such visitors and investors irrespective of their religion would be given visa on arrival if they have a valid U S or UK visa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria-Saudi Chamber of Commerce to reduce trust deficit -FG
     NAN The Federal Government says the approval of the NIgeria Saudi Arabia Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture NSCCIMA will increase trade volume between both countries and reduce trust deficit The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday in Abuja when the President of the Chamber Alhaji Ibrahim Usman paid him a courtesy visit The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Usman presented a copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Chamber to the minister Mohammed hailed the registration of the Chambers after 11 years adding that it would improve the volume of trade between both countries currently put at about five million dollars He said the Chamber will also become a clearing house for businesses and investments thereby reducing trust deficit between business men from both countries According to the minister the Chambers is the beginning of a new relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia though both countries have cordial relations It will change the narrative that relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia is from the narrow perspective of religion and pilgrimage It will create a bridge for better cooperations between the two important nation s in the areas of petroleum industry cottage industry IT Power and creative industry It is therefore not a coincidence that Nigeria will soon be receiving 60 inter ministerial delegation from Saudi Arabia he said The minister charged Nigerian business community to take the opportunity of the Chamber to increase the trade volume between both countries He also corrected the erroneous impression that non Moslem cannot invest in Saudi Arabia saying that America is Saudi s biggest trading partner The minister thanked the president of the Chamber for his vision and resilience Earlier the president of the Chamber said in spite the large number of Nigerians flooding Saudi for Umrah and Hajj the official volume of trade between both oil rich countries was at least disappointing He said Nigerians had not taken the advantage of Saudi magnanimity by creating excellent windows of assistance through bilateral cooperations For instance whereas 46 countries including Egypt Pakistan Sudan Kenya Ghana have been enjoying billions of dollars in soft loans and trade related soft term facilities under the Saudi Export Programme no single dollar of facility was advanced to any business in Nigeria He said that Nigeria had a lot to learn from Saudi Arabia which has over the years built fantastic industrial estates in all their key cities Usman also corroborated the minister that religion would not be a barrier to investors because Saudi Arabia was opening up its immigration and economic policies based on its 2030 Vision He said Saudi recently opened its visa policy to investors and visitors entering any part of the country except Mecca and Medina Usman said such visitors and investors irrespective of their religion would be given visa on arrival if they have a valid U S or UK visa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria-Saudi Chamber of Commerce to reduce trust deficit -FG
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    Nigeria-Saudi Chamber of Commerce to reduce trust deficit -FG

    NAN The Federal Government says the approval of the NIgeria-Saudi Arabia Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NSCCIMA), will increase trade volume between both countries and reduce trust deficit.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday in Abuja, when the President of the Chamber, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman paid him a courtesy visit.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Usman presented  a copy of the Certificate of Registration of the Chamber to the minister.

    Mohammed hailed the registration of the Chambers after 11 years, adding that it would improve the volume of trade between both countries, currently put at about five million dollars.

    He said the Chamber will also become a clearing house for businesses and investments, thereby, reducing trust deficit between business men from both countries.

    According to the minister, the Chambers is the beginning of a new relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, though both countries have cordial relations.

    “It will change the narrative that relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia is from the narrow perspective of religion and pilgrimage.

    “It will create a bridge for better cooperations between the two important nation’s in the areas of petroleum industry, cottage industry, IT, Power, and creative industry.

    “It is, therefore, not a coincidence that Nigeria will soon be receiving 60 inter-ministerial delegation from Saudi Arabia,” he said.

    The minister charged Nigerian business community to take the opportunity of the Chamber to increase the trade volume between both countries.

    He also corrected the erroneous impression that non-Moslem cannot invest in Saudi Arabia, saying that America is Saudi’s biggest trading partner.

    The minister thanked the president of the Chamber for his vision and  resilience.

    Earlier, the president of the Chamber said in spite the large number of Nigerians flooding Saudi for Umrah and Hajj, the official volume of trade between both oil rich countries was at least disappointing.

    He said Nigerians had not taken the advantage of Saudi magnanimity by creating excellent windows of assistance through bilateral cooperations.

    “For instance, whereas 46 countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan , Kenya, Ghana have been enjoying billions of dollars in soft loans and trade related soft term facilities under the Saudi Export Programme, no single dollar of facility was advanced to any business in Nigeria.

    ”He said that Nigeria had a lot to learn from Saudi Arabia which has over the years built fantastic industrial estates in all their key cities.

    Usman also corroborated the minister that religion would not be a barrier to investors because Saudi Arabia was opening up its immigration and economic policies based on its 2030 VisionHe said Saudi recently opened its visa policy to investors and visitors entering any part of the country, except  Mecca and Medina.

    Usman said such visitors and investors irrespective of their religion, would be given visa on arrival, if they have a valid U.

    S. or UK visa.


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  •  The Federal Government says it will partner with the states and the private sector to develop the nation s tourism to attract foreign tourists and investors The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar at the unveiling of the theme of the 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day WTD The News Agency of Nigeria reports World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on Sept 27 to foster awareness on tourism s social cultural political and economic values The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar Cross River state capital has the theme Retinking Tourism Mohammed noted that tourism the world over was recognised as a key contributor to job creation sustainable economic growth environmental Conservation and poverty alleviation He said the sector also acted as a catalyst for social equality and inclusivity as it provided women youth and rural communities the means to support themselves The minister said the Covid 19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact affected the tourism sector globally and made it to suffer a near collapse resulting in loss of jobs He said with the recovery from the pandemic there was the critical need to transform the tourism industry as the global travel and tourism sector slowly recovered I have no doubt that the time is right to begin this transformation and to rebuild the industry The good news is that given the resilience of the tourism industry and its ability to recover quicker than other sectors there is the need for more inclusive and sustainable recovery approaches to be adopted he said In achieving this the minister said the Federal Government would partner with the states and the private sector in the industry to transform the sector Mohammed expressed appreciation to the state Governor Prof Ben Ayade for accepting to host the event He said it was a further demonstration of the governor s zeal and enthusiasm for the development of tourism in the state as a tool for job creation revenue generation and poverty alleviation The state Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu who represented the governor at the ceremony said the theme of the 2022 world Tourism Day was apt He said if tourism had been given adequate attention from both national and state levels it would have given the industry and the nation at large a leap Esu a former Minister of Culture and Tourism said tourism should be accorded a stand alone in the ministry for more attention and development of the sector He thanked the Federal Government for finding the state worthy for the celebration of the 2022 Worlds Tourism Day In an official message delivered at the event the United Nations World Tourism Organisation s Secretary General Mr Zurab Pololikashvilli said the potential of tourism was enormous In the message read by Mr Fola Coker the Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation the UNWTO boss added that each member state had a share responsibility to make sure the potentials were fully realised He called on tourism leaders and everyone in the base of the broad and diverse tourism pyramid to pause reflect and rethink what to do to develop the sector Other officials at the event were the Directors General of Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Nura Kangiwa National Commission for Museum and Monument Prof Isa Tijani and National Gallery of Art Ebeten Ivara Others are the D G National Broadcasting Commission Balarabe Ilela the General Manager National Theatre Prof Sunday Ododo Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the Ministry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Tourism Day: FG reveals plans for tourism sector
     The Federal Government says it will partner with the states and the private sector to develop the nation s tourism to attract foreign tourists and investors The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar at the unveiling of the theme of the 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day WTD The News Agency of Nigeria reports World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on Sept 27 to foster awareness on tourism s social cultural political and economic values The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar Cross River state capital has the theme Retinking Tourism Mohammed noted that tourism the world over was recognised as a key contributor to job creation sustainable economic growth environmental Conservation and poverty alleviation He said the sector also acted as a catalyst for social equality and inclusivity as it provided women youth and rural communities the means to support themselves The minister said the Covid 19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact affected the tourism sector globally and made it to suffer a near collapse resulting in loss of jobs He said with the recovery from the pandemic there was the critical need to transform the tourism industry as the global travel and tourism sector slowly recovered I have no doubt that the time is right to begin this transformation and to rebuild the industry The good news is that given the resilience of the tourism industry and its ability to recover quicker than other sectors there is the need for more inclusive and sustainable recovery approaches to be adopted he said In achieving this the minister said the Federal Government would partner with the states and the private sector in the industry to transform the sector Mohammed expressed appreciation to the state Governor Prof Ben Ayade for accepting to host the event He said it was a further demonstration of the governor s zeal and enthusiasm for the development of tourism in the state as a tool for job creation revenue generation and poverty alleviation The state Deputy Governor Prof Ivara Esu who represented the governor at the ceremony said the theme of the 2022 world Tourism Day was apt He said if tourism had been given adequate attention from both national and state levels it would have given the industry and the nation at large a leap Esu a former Minister of Culture and Tourism said tourism should be accorded a stand alone in the ministry for more attention and development of the sector He thanked the Federal Government for finding the state worthy for the celebration of the 2022 Worlds Tourism Day In an official message delivered at the event the United Nations World Tourism Organisation s Secretary General Mr Zurab Pololikashvilli said the potential of tourism was enormous In the message read by Mr Fola Coker the Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation the UNWTO boss added that each member state had a share responsibility to make sure the potentials were fully realised He called on tourism leaders and everyone in the base of the broad and diverse tourism pyramid to pause reflect and rethink what to do to develop the sector Other officials at the event were the Directors General of Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Nura Kangiwa National Commission for Museum and Monument Prof Isa Tijani and National Gallery of Art Ebeten Ivara Others are the D G National Broadcasting Commission Balarabe Ilela the General Manager National Theatre Prof Sunday Ododo Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the Ministry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Tourism Day: FG reveals plans for tourism sector
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    World Tourism Day: FG reveals plans for tourism sector

    The Federal Government says it will partner with the states and the private sector, to develop the nation’s tourism to attract foreign tourists and investors.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Tuesday in Calabar at the unveiling of the theme of the 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day (WTD).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on Sept. 27 to foster awareness on tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic values.

    The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar, Cross River state capital.

    has the theme “Retinking Tourism’’.

    Mohammed noted that tourism the world over was recognised as a key contributor to job creation, sustainable economic growth, environmental Conservation and poverty alleviation.

    He said the sector also acted as a catalyst for social equality and inclusivity as it provided women, youth and rural communities the means to support themselves.

    The minister said the Covid-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact affected the tourism sector globally and made it to suffer a near collapse resulting in loss of jobs.

    He said with the recovery from the pandemic, there was the critical need to transform the tourism industry as the global travel and tourism sector slowly recovered.

    ” I have no doubt that the time is right to begin this transformation and to rebuild the industry.

    “The good news is that given the resilience of the tourism industry and its ability to recover quicker than other sectors, there is the need for more inclusive and sustainable recovery approaches to be adopted,” he said.

    In achieving this, the minister said the Federal Government would partner with the states and the private sector in the industry to transform the sector.

    Mohammed expressed appreciation to the state Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, for accepting to host the event.

    He said it was a further demonstration of the governor’s zeal and enthusiasm for the development of tourism in the state as a tool for job creation, revenue generation and poverty alleviation.

    The state Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, who represented the governor at the ceremony, said the theme of the 2022 world Tourism Day was apt.

    He said if tourism had been given adequate attention from both national and state levels it would have given the industry and the nation at large, a leap.

    Esu, a former Minister of Culture and Tourism, said tourism should be accorded a stand alone in the ministry for more attention and development of the sector.

    He thanked the Federal Government for finding the state worthy for the celebration of the 2022 Worlds Tourism Day. In an official message delivered at the event, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Secretary General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvilli, said the potential of tourism was enormous.

    In the message read by Mr Fola Coker, the Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, the UNWTO boss added that each member-state had a share responsibility to make sure the potentials were fully realised.

    He called on tourism leaders and everyone in the base of the broad and diverse tourism pyramid to pause, reflect and rethink what to do to develop the sector.

    Other officials at the event were, the Directors-General of Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, Nura Kangiwa, National Commission for Museum and Monument – Prof Isa Tijani and National Gallery of Art, Ebeten Ivara.

    Others are the D-G, National Broadcasting Commission Balarabe Ilela, the General Manager, National Theatre, Prof Sunday Ododo, Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe, Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the Ministry.


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  •  The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reiterated that the unity of Nigeria remains unshaken and no region can do it all alone The minister re echoed his position in Calabar after a Command Performance by the cultural troupe of the Department of Culture and Heritage Cross River Ministry of Culture and Tourism The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the performance is part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2022 World Tourism Day being hosted in Calabar Speaking after the command performance consisting of dances and a stage play which centered on the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria the minister underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence in the country What we have witnessed today is a performance that is world class by any rate I wish that those who said Nigeria is at war should witness what we have seen today Those who said Nigeria has no future I wish they were here today On the drama on unity it means not one of us can do it alone and anyone that has witnessed war before will never wish for war or separation he said Mohammed said from the dances presented by the troupe representing the six regions there were lots of similarities He said the similarities from the dances translated to the fact that we are all one community though with diverse traditions The minister hailed the cultural troupe for its outstanding performance including dexterity of steps the symphony the synergy and fusion of the traditional with the modern He particularly extolled the drummers for their seamless fusion of the traditional drums with the modern steel bands While thanking the state governor Prof Ben Ayade for organising the event the minister appealed to the younger generation to embrace performing arts Mr Eric Anderson the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism also thanked the minister and his entourage for coming to Calabar for the event He said the troupe had represented the country in Egypt in 2016 Bangkok in 2018 and had been honoured globally for its outstanding performances In the entourage of the minister were the Director Generals Nigeria Tourism Development Commission Folorunsho Coker Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Nura Kangiwa and National Commission for Museum and Monument Prof Isa Tijani Others included director generals of the National Gallery of Art Ebeten Ivara National Broadcasting Commission Balarabe Ilela the General Manager National Arts Theatre Prof Sunday Ododo Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the ministry NAN reports that World Toirism Day is celebrated annually on Sept 27 to foster awareness on tourism s social cultural political and economic values The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar Cross River capital has the theme Rethinking Tourism NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unity of Nigeria remains unshaken, no region can do it all alone – Lai Mohammed
     The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has reiterated that the unity of Nigeria remains unshaken and no region can do it all alone The minister re echoed his position in Calabar after a Command Performance by the cultural troupe of the Department of Culture and Heritage Cross River Ministry of Culture and Tourism The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the performance is part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2022 World Tourism Day being hosted in Calabar Speaking after the command performance consisting of dances and a stage play which centered on the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria the minister underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence in the country What we have witnessed today is a performance that is world class by any rate I wish that those who said Nigeria is at war should witness what we have seen today Those who said Nigeria has no future I wish they were here today On the drama on unity it means not one of us can do it alone and anyone that has witnessed war before will never wish for war or separation he said Mohammed said from the dances presented by the troupe representing the six regions there were lots of similarities He said the similarities from the dances translated to the fact that we are all one community though with diverse traditions The minister hailed the cultural troupe for its outstanding performance including dexterity of steps the symphony the synergy and fusion of the traditional with the modern He particularly extolled the drummers for their seamless fusion of the traditional drums with the modern steel bands While thanking the state governor Prof Ben Ayade for organising the event the minister appealed to the younger generation to embrace performing arts Mr Eric Anderson the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism also thanked the minister and his entourage for coming to Calabar for the event He said the troupe had represented the country in Egypt in 2016 Bangkok in 2018 and had been honoured globally for its outstanding performances In the entourage of the minister were the Director Generals Nigeria Tourism Development Commission Folorunsho Coker Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Nura Kangiwa and National Commission for Museum and Monument Prof Isa Tijani Others included director generals of the National Gallery of Art Ebeten Ivara National Broadcasting Commission Balarabe Ilela the General Manager National Arts Theatre Prof Sunday Ododo Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the ministry NAN reports that World Toirism Day is celebrated annually on Sept 27 to foster awareness on tourism s social cultural political and economic values The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar Cross River capital has the theme Rethinking Tourism NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unity of Nigeria remains unshaken, no region can do it all alone – Lai Mohammed
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    Unity of Nigeria remains unshaken, no region can do it all alone – Lai Mohammed

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has reiterated that the unity of Nigeria remains unshaken and “no region can do it all alone’’.

    The minister re-echoed his position in Calabar, after a Command Performance by the cultural troupe of the Department of Culture and Heritage, Cross River Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the performance is part of the activities lined up for the celebration of the 2022 World Tourism Day being hosted in Calabar.

    Speaking after the command performance consisting of dances and a stage play which centered on the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria, the minister underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence in the country.

    “What we have witnessed today is a performance that is world class by any rate.

    “I wish that those who said Nigeria is at war, should witness what we have seen today.

    “Those who said Nigeria has no future, I wish they were here today.

    “On the drama on unity, it means, not one of us can do it alone and anyone that has witnessed war before, will never wish for war or separation,’’ he said.

    Mohammed said from the dances presented by the troupe representing the six regions, there were lots of similarities.

    He said the similarities from the dances translated to the fact that “we are all one community’’ though, with diverse traditions.

    The minister hailed the cultural troupe for its outstanding performance including dexterity of steps, the symphony, the synergy and fusion of the traditional with the modern.

    He particularly extolled the drummers for their seamless fusion of the traditional drums with the modern steel bands.

    While thanking the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade for organising the event, the minister appealed to the younger generation to embrace performing arts.

    Mr Eric Anderson, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, also thanked the minister and his entourage for coming to Calabar for the event.

    He said the troupe had represented the country in Egypt in 2016, Bangkok in 2018 and had been honoured globally for its outstanding performances.

    In the entourage of the minister were the Director-Generals, Nigeria Tourism Development Commission, Folorunsho Coker; Nigeria Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, Nura Kangiwa and National Commission for Museum and Monument, Prof Isa Tijani.

    Others included director- generals of the National Gallery of Art, Ebeten Ivara; National Broadcasting Commission, Balarabe Ilela; the General Manager, National Arts Theatre, Prof. Sunday Ododo; Artistic Director and CEO National Dance Troupe, Ahmed Mohammed as well as Directors in the ministry.

    NAN reports that World Toirism Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 27 to foster awareness on tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic values.

    The 2022 celebration being hosted in Calabar, Cross River capital, has the theme “Rethinking Tourism’’.


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  •  Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture says that no one culture in Nigeria can survive alone Mohammed stated this at the Cultural Centre Calabar where he was treated to a night of cultural performance by the Cross River cultural troupe to herald the World Tourism Day The World Tourism Day is commemorated annually on Sept 27 to foster awareness among international communities of the importance of tourism and its social cultural political and economic values The theme of the 2022 celebration is Rethinking Tourism The minister who was in Calabar to celebrate the day said there were similarities among the cultures in Nigeria meaning Nigerians were all one people He praised the Cross River Cultural Troupe for their world class performance adding that they had been treated to a first class cultural artistry that would be applauded anywhere in the world The drama on unity states it clearly that not one of us can do it alone we are all one people I wish that those who say Nigeria is at war and has no future are here today to witness the world class performance put together by this troupe Anybody who has witnessed war will not wish for war or separation he advised Mohammed appealed to the younger generation to imbibe the performing arts adding that very soon the nation s culture would be extinct unless the next generation took over Mr Eric Anderson Cross River s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism thanked the minister for coming to Calabar to celebrate the World Tourism Day The performance you have enjoyed this night is coming from a cultural troupe that has been to Egypt in 2016 to Bangkok in 2018 and to the carnival in Rio We have also performed in the State House in Abuja two years in a row it is a product of hard work and we intend to keep it up NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WTD: No tribe in Nigeria can survive alone – Lai Mohammed 
     Alhaji Lai Mohammed Minister of Information and Culture says that no one culture in Nigeria can survive alone Mohammed stated this at the Cultural Centre Calabar where he was treated to a night of cultural performance by the Cross River cultural troupe to herald the World Tourism Day The World Tourism Day is commemorated annually on Sept 27 to foster awareness among international communities of the importance of tourism and its social cultural political and economic values The theme of the 2022 celebration is Rethinking Tourism The minister who was in Calabar to celebrate the day said there were similarities among the cultures in Nigeria meaning Nigerians were all one people He praised the Cross River Cultural Troupe for their world class performance adding that they had been treated to a first class cultural artistry that would be applauded anywhere in the world The drama on unity states it clearly that not one of us can do it alone we are all one people I wish that those who say Nigeria is at war and has no future are here today to witness the world class performance put together by this troupe Anybody who has witnessed war will not wish for war or separation he advised Mohammed appealed to the younger generation to imbibe the performing arts adding that very soon the nation s culture would be extinct unless the next generation took over Mr Eric Anderson Cross River s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism thanked the minister for coming to Calabar to celebrate the World Tourism Day The performance you have enjoyed this night is coming from a cultural troupe that has been to Egypt in 2016 to Bangkok in 2018 and to the carnival in Rio We have also performed in the State House in Abuja two years in a row it is a product of hard work and we intend to keep it up NewsSourceCredit NAN
    WTD: No tribe in Nigeria can survive alone – Lai Mohammed 
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    WTD: No tribe in Nigeria can survive alone – Lai Mohammed 

    Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, says that no one culture in Nigeria can survive alone.

    Mohammed stated this at the Cultural Centre, Calabar where he was treated to a night of cultural performance by the Cross River cultural troupe to herald the World Tourism Day.The World Tourism Day is commemorated annually on Sept. 27 to foster awareness among international communities of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.

    The theme of the 2022 celebration is “Rethinking Tourism”.

    The minister who was in Calabar to celebrate the day, said there were similarities among the cultures in Nigeria, meaning Nigerians were all one people.

    He praised the Cross River Cultural Troupe for their world class performance, adding that they had been treated to a first class cultural artistry that would be applauded anywhere in the world.

    “The drama on unity states it clearly that not one of us can do it alone, we are all one people.

    “I wish that those who say Nigeria is at war and has no future are here today to witness the world class performance put together by this troupe.

    “Anybody who has witnessed war will not wish for war or separation,” he advised.

    Mohammed appealed to the younger generation to imbibe the performing arts, adding that very soon the nation’s culture would be extinct unless the next generation took over.

    Mr Eric Anderson, Cross River’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, thanked the minister for coming to Calabar to celebrate the World Tourism Day.“The performance you have enjoyed this night is coming from a cultural troupe that has been to Egypt in 2016, to Bangkok in 2018 and to the carnival in Rio.“We have also performed in the State House in Abuja, two years in a row, it is a product of hard work and we intend to keep it up.


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  •  The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO has expressed satisfaction with the level of Nigeria s preparedness for the hosting of its first global Confab in Nigeria in November The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos after a meeting with the officials of the UNWTO UNWTO is an agency responsible for the promotion of tourism as a driver of global economic growth and inclusive development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Conference with the theme Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development had been scheduled to hold in Lagos from Nov 14 to 16 Briefing newsmen after the closed door meeting the minister said that representatives from the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid Spain were currently in Nigeria on a preliminary mission for the conference He said the team comprised Ms Elcia Grandcourt Director Regional Department for Africa Mr Jaime Mayaki Deputy Director Regional Department for Africa and Mr Kojo Bentum Communication expert for Africa UNWTO According to him the purpose of the mission is to inspect the facilities for the conference which included the National Theater which is the venue the designated hotels venue for social events and to receive briefs from the planning committee Yesterday Friday the team inspected the National theater some of the designated hotels as well as the venue for the special programme on Nollywood The team equally met with the planning committee this morning I received a comprehensive brief from the team and I am pleased to inform you that the team is very satisfied with the level of Nigeria s preparedness to host the global conference As you are aware the UNWTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is globally responsible for the promotion of responsible sustainable and universally accepted tourism Nigeria s membership of this important organisation spans almost five decades I am happy to note that since joining the organization in 1975 Nigeria has been consistent in its commitment to the activities of the organisation he said The Minister said it was a common knowledge that globally COVID 19 pandemic impacted on all the sectors of the world economies but most heavily on the travel and tourism sector leading to its near collapse He noted that with the recovery and lifting of restriction in almost all parts of the world global leaders and international community were seeking for industries that could stimulate socio economic recovery accelerate job creation and inclusive development He said the tourism and creative industries had huge potential to bridge this gap as the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy The tourism sector creates one out of every 10 jobs while the creative industries generate around 30 million jobs mostly for the youth and women who constitute nearly half of the workers and accounts for 6 1per cent of global GDP The forthcoming conference will therefore address the current challenges and ways in which member states can tap into emerging opportunities to speed up global economic recovery It will also be a unique networking opportunities for key industry players practitioners public and private sector policy makers to debate on contemporary and future issues exchange ideas and information relating to tourism culture and the creative industries he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Global tourism confab: UNWTO okays Nigeria’s preparedness
     The United Nations World Tourism Organisation UNWTO has expressed satisfaction with the level of Nigeria s preparedness for the hosting of its first global Confab in Nigeria in November The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos after a meeting with the officials of the UNWTO UNWTO is an agency responsible for the promotion of tourism as a driver of global economic growth and inclusive development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Conference with the theme Linking Tourism Culture and the Creative Industries Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development had been scheduled to hold in Lagos from Nov 14 to 16 Briefing newsmen after the closed door meeting the minister said that representatives from the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid Spain were currently in Nigeria on a preliminary mission for the conference He said the team comprised Ms Elcia Grandcourt Director Regional Department for Africa Mr Jaime Mayaki Deputy Director Regional Department for Africa and Mr Kojo Bentum Communication expert for Africa UNWTO According to him the purpose of the mission is to inspect the facilities for the conference which included the National Theater which is the venue the designated hotels venue for social events and to receive briefs from the planning committee Yesterday Friday the team inspected the National theater some of the designated hotels as well as the venue for the special programme on Nollywood The team equally met with the planning committee this morning I received a comprehensive brief from the team and I am pleased to inform you that the team is very satisfied with the level of Nigeria s preparedness to host the global conference As you are aware the UNWTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is globally responsible for the promotion of responsible sustainable and universally accepted tourism Nigeria s membership of this important organisation spans almost five decades I am happy to note that since joining the organization in 1975 Nigeria has been consistent in its commitment to the activities of the organisation he said The Minister said it was a common knowledge that globally COVID 19 pandemic impacted on all the sectors of the world economies but most heavily on the travel and tourism sector leading to its near collapse He noted that with the recovery and lifting of restriction in almost all parts of the world global leaders and international community were seeking for industries that could stimulate socio economic recovery accelerate job creation and inclusive development He said the tourism and creative industries had huge potential to bridge this gap as the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy The tourism sector creates one out of every 10 jobs while the creative industries generate around 30 million jobs mostly for the youth and women who constitute nearly half of the workers and accounts for 6 1per cent of global GDP The forthcoming conference will therefore address the current challenges and ways in which member states can tap into emerging opportunities to speed up global economic recovery It will also be a unique networking opportunities for key industry players practitioners public and private sector policy makers to debate on contemporary and future issues exchange ideas and information relating to tourism culture and the creative industries he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Global tourism confab: UNWTO okays Nigeria’s preparedness
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    Global tourism confab: UNWTO okays Nigeria’s preparedness

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has expressed satisfaction with the level of Nigeria’s preparedness for the hosting of its first global Confab in Nigeria in November.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos after a meeting with the officials of the UNWTO.

    UNWTO is an agency responsible for the promotion of tourism as a driver of global economic growth and inclusive development.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Conference with the theme,  “Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development,” had been scheduled to hold in Lagos from Nov.14 to 16.Briefing newsmen after the closed door meeting, the minister said that representatives from the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, were currently in Nigeria on a preliminary mission for the conference.

    He said the team comprised Ms Elcia Grandcourt, Director, Regional Department for Africa, Mr. Jaime Mayaki, Deputy Director, Regional Department for Africa,  and Mr Kojo Bentum, Communication expert for Africa, UNWTO.

    According to him, the purpose of the mission is to inspect the facilities for the conference, which included the National Theater which is the venue; the designated hotels, venue for social events and to receive briefs from the planning committee.

    ” Yesterday, Friday, the team inspected the National theater, some of the designated hotels as well as the venue for the special programme on Nollywood.

    ” The team equally met with the planning committee; this morning, I received a comprehensive brief from the team and I am pleased to inform you that the team is very satisfied with the level of Nigeria’s preparedness to host the global conference.

    ” As you are aware, the UNWTO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is globally responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accepted tourism.

    ” Nigeria’s membership of this important organisation spans almost five decades.

    I am happy to note that since joining the organization in 1975, Nigeria has been consistent in its commitment to the activities of the organisation,” he said.

    The Minister said it was a common knowledge that globally, COVID-19 pandemic impacted on all the sectors of the world economies, but most heavily on the travel and tourism sector; leading to its near collapse.

    He noted that with the recovery and lifting of restriction in almost all parts of the world, global leaders and international community were seeking for industries that could stimulate socio-economic recovery, accelerate job creation and inclusive development.

    He said the tourism and creative industries had huge potential to bridge this gap as the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy.

    ” The tourism sector creates one out of every 10 jobs, while the creative industries generate around 30 million jobs, mostly for the youth and women who constitute nearly half of the workers  and accounts for 6.1per cent of global GDP.

    ” The forthcoming conference will therefore address the current challenges and ways in which member states can tap into emerging opportunities to speed up global economic recovery.

    ” It will also be a unique networking opportunities for key industry players, practitioners, public and private sector policy makers to debate on contemporary and future issues, exchange ideas and information relating to tourism, culture and the creative industries,” he said.

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