Written by Edrina EMMANUEL

Abuja ready to host world tourism, says Bello

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has assured the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Commission for Africa UNWTO - CAF, that the city is ready to play host to its 61st International Conference scheduled for Abuja, from June 1 to 6, 2018.

Minister of FCT, Malam Muhammad Bello, gave the indication when he received a delegation from the Ministry of Information and Culture, led by the minister, Alh. Lai Mohammed.

The minister expressed delight over the choice of Abuja as host city saying that the event fits well into the drive of the FCT Administration to make Abuja a global tourism and conference destination.

Bello, who commended his information and culture counterpart for the hard work in successfully securing the hosting right, said it is a reflection of how the outer world now perceives the country.

His words, “For Nigeria to win the hosting right must have entailed a lot of hard work. This is very commendable. These are all reflections of how the outer world now perceives Nigeria. It’s a reflection that this government is getting it right and it’s something that we all feel proud of".

Bello, however, said “We are going to give maximum support to this conference because it showcases Nigeria and, above all, it showcases Abuja and it fits into our programme of working to position the city as a conference destination. Giving Abuja’s beauty, good road network, serenity and security we can boldly say that Abuja is ready for the tourism world.”

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the team was in the FCT to kick-start the series of visits and advocacies to key stakeholders in regard to Nigeria’s hosting of the first meeting of the UNWTO – CAF.

He noted, “As the host minister of this conference that makes it imperative for us to make your office as the first point of call. Mr. President has accepted very graciously to personally declare the meeting open and that makes Mr. President the first person to be invited. With this visit, the Minister of the FCT has become the second person to be invited.”

Mohammed disclosed that for Nigeria, this is a good opportunity as it would put the country under a global focus and attract socio economic gains, while placing Nigeria and the nation’s tourism industry in particular, on the world map. 

 

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