Benue state handover facilities for take off of NIHOTOUR zonal campus in Makurdi

The minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the successful handing over of structures and facilities to the federal government for the take-off of the North Central Zonal Campus of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) as promise made and promise kept by the Benue State Government. Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made the statement at the official handing over of the facilities in Makurdi said tourism has assumed an extra ordinary growth globally because it is a major catalyst for economic growth and social development…

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Minister pledges to implement Creative Industry report

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has received the report of the Implementation Committee for Post-COVID-19 Initiatives Committee on the Creative Industry, with a pledge to implement the recommendations of the committee. Receiving the report in his office on Thursday, the Minister assured that the Government will not disappoint the stakeholders in the Creative Industry. “I can assure you that we will study the report and commence its implementation in earnest,” he said. Alhaji Mohammed commended the Committee for its wide consultation with a broad spectrum of…

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Lai Mohammed, NCAC NTDC, NIHOTOUR DGs, others to grace ANJET Tourism Seminar Nov. 17

The minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, director general National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, director general, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr. Folorunso Coker, director general, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Kangiwa,  will lead a host of top industry players, including founder, Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko for the 2020 edition of the Tourism Seminar organised by the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET). The seminar  billed for Tuesday, November 17 with the theme…

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Stakeholders lauds Buhari, Lai Mohammed on creative committee on covid19 palliatives

Culture industry technocrats and players have thumbed up President Mohammandu Buhari and his Culture minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for responding to the challenges facing the sector through the Committee on creative industry. The committee headed by the director general of National Council for Art and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, according to the stakeholders during a meeting in Jos, noted that the creative Committee on the palliatives for the sector, came at right time, restored hope and brought a huge relief to an industry brought to its knees by covid…

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World Tourism Day 2020: Nigeria to leverage tourism for rural development – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said Nigeria will leverage tourism in its efforts to take development to the grassroots. The Minister stated this in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday to mark the 2020 World Tourism Day, which has the theme: “Tourism and Rural Development”. He said the theme, in the words of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), celebrates tourism’s unique ability to drive economic development and provide opportunities outside of big cities, including in those communities that would otherwise be left…

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Runsewe alerts industry players of palliatives scammers

President World Craft Council, Africa region and director general National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has advised industry players and institutional investors in Culture and tourism economy to beware of scammers and fraudsters masquerading as government licensed consultants and financial consortium with powers to provide post Covid palliatives and sundry investment titles for a fee. He stated that their modus operandi are to present well articulated and faultless proposals, parade fictitious and forged references, backed by mouth watering financial intervention, all packaged to suck up the unassuming…

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Buhari appoints CEOs for Ministry of Information, Culture Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of chief executive officers for nine of the agencies under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. According to the approval letter, which was conveyed to the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, by Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the President, on Tuesday, Mr. Buki Ponle was appointed managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria while Mr. Nura Sani Kangiwa was named the director general, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism. Mr. Francis Ndubuisi Nwosu was appointed the…

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Information minister inaugurates implementation committee of creative Industry post COVID-19

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has inaugurated the Implementation Committee of the Creative Industry Post COVID-19 Initiative. The minister in his virtual inaugural speech reminded the 5-man members of the Implementation Committee that the well researched report of the initiative committee was submitted to him in July this year and the next phase of that report is the full implementation of that same report. The minister commended the initiative committee for going beyond their call of duty to do a complete mapping of the creative industry…

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FAAN holds dry run simulation exercises at Lagos, Abuja airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today Saturday, June 27, 2020 held dry run simulation exercises at domestic terminals of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos respectively. The exercise, which was aimed at assessing the readiness of the airports for reopening post Covid-19 was witnessed by the Honourable Ministers of: Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, State for Health, Dr. Olorunnibe Mamora, State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force, Dr. Aliyu Sanni, the Director General,…

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Culture: Telling Buhari story in five years

By Frank Meke To the Nigerian tourism community, President Mohammadu Buhari certainly did not factor Culture and Tourism in his game plan to revive the Nigerian economy. The octane voices of aggressive lobbyists for the new economy under the Buhari government, had no time and space to lubricate the biggest driver new jobs and rural development and it caused some of us the palpitations of the heart. And with the merger of Culture, Information and national orientation as a ministry, industry stakeholders, particularly the very vocal travel press, folded up…

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