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Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke and Executive Director, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Ms. Sally Mbanefo Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, High Chief Edem Duke and Executive Director, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Ms. Sally Mbanefo

Tourism in Nigeria has stagnated for as long as I can remember. In the last few decades every new government has promised (but failed) to breathe life into the sector, even when it is clear that tourism is a key driver of many economies in Africa and around the world. Annual budgets for the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation have clearly not improved the situation. As a result, what ought to be a multiple, even if seasonal, revenue generating industry for the state and federal governments, and a failsafe source of empowerment for Nigeria’s unemployed body of youths is in dire straits. Year in and year out, government officials tend to focus on the big picture, when in actual fact the solution lies in small steps…

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