Nigeria to encourage heritage tourism with Brazil – Lai Mohammed

Photo caption Otunba Segun Runsewe (Right) with the Brazilian Ambadador, Mr Francisco Luz and another diplomat at the just concluded Brazilian Descendants Festival in Lagos Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has identified Nigeria’s century old heritage relationship with Brazil, noting that time has come to give the initiative an economic boost through Cultural tourism. The Minister further stated that the window of relationship sustained by the thriving community of Brazilian Descendants in Lagos island, will get federal government necessary assistance through factoring its iconic festival into Nigeria’s…

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Tourism: We are tired of clapping hands

By Frank Meke At most kindergarten schools, the first lesson the young minds are made to go through, is to learn to clap. Even as toddlers, our mothers will struggle to make us clap hands even when we are not in the mood. This clapping mantra, had become the face of nursing and caring of humanity that it suddenly became the feature of the very affairs of man. Trust us in Africa, particularly Nigeria, we have scientifically programmed the act of plaudits, ordinarily meant to encourage scholarship and accountability to…

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NTDC: Calabar like Esuk Mba

By Frank Meke In the past two weeks, the seeming rot in Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation ( NTDC), has been on front burner of the industry eye balls. In sum, about 6 billion naira that is, if you add up 2021 release in budgetry allocation, have graced the account of the premier federal government tourism agency, yet nothing to show for it. In the February 18th edition of my Column in the soar away Sun newspapers, I had specifically articulated item by item listed projects on NTDC radar, many re-circled…

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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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