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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Lai Mohammed tasks investors on opportunities in Nigeria’s creative industry

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in the nation’s Creative Industry, which he described as the fastest growing sector of the nation’s economy, in terms of business opportunities, employment, earnings and entertainment. The Minister made the pitch at the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour), which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday. He said the sector currently employs about 1 million people,…

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Nigeria plans to enlist more sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced plans to enlist more of Nigeria’s cultural sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Minister stated this during his visit to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State, which is one of the country’s two World Heritage Sites, on Tuesday. He said Nigeria’s quest to have more sites designated as World Heritage Sites is due to the abundance of sites that qualify for such listing in the country. Alhaji Mohammed said the country will leverage on its election into…

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FG to establish community museums to boost tourism – Minister

The federal government has announced plans to establish community museums as part of efforts to ensure that local communities benefit from tourism. The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the plan on Thursday at the ongoing 4th World UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Kyoto, Japan. ”In Nigeria, we observed that tourists stay in the big cities when they visit. They visit the museums in the cities where objects gotten from different parts, including the rural areas, are displayed but they hardly go to the…

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ANJET honours Runsewe, Alabi, Ogbeni Awe, Uko, inaugurates executives, patrons

It was celebration time at the recently held tourism seminar by the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) in Lagos, when the umbrella body for travel writers in the country honoured some of the operators in the tourism sector, and inaugurates its new executives as well as patrons. On the honour list were the director general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, a patron of the association; and Chief Samuel Alabi of Eko Hotels and Suites, who is also a patron…

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FG sets legal framework for launch of National Policy on Culture, Tourism

The federal government has set the necessary legal framework for the information and culture sector which would finalise plans for the launch of the National Policy on Culture as well as the National Policy on Tourism. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos on Sunday October 6, on the plans and programmes of the government for the sector in the next four years, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed that the government has conclude works on the Motion Picture Council of Nigeria (MOPICON) Bill and has…

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