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Tourism Ministry: Battling infrastructure constraints to fulfil mandate JOEL AJAYI ABUJA

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inistry of Tourism Culture and National Orientation are part of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) are among the key institutions driving the present administration’s transformation agenda in terms of using them to promote Nigeria’s rich cultural and tourism values to the global community. Also, the Federal Government in its bid to diversify economy and think beyond oil has identified the creative industry as one of the new frontiers to drive the desired growth and development that will enhance its contributions to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As creativity is the most prominent softpower that we can use in advancing our economy, tourism is believed to be crucial to the nation’s foreign exchange earning

capacity and sustainable growth given its direct effects on the social, cultural, educational, leisure, wealth creation, employment opportunities, economic sectors of national societies, international relations. The ministry and some its agencies that have been created to translate the dream to reality include the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM) and National Council for Arts And Culture (NCAC) Others are, the National Gallery of Art, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), National Orientation Agency(NOA), Nigerian Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), National Theatre/National Troupe of Nigeria (NT/NTN) and Centre for Blacks and African Arts and Culture. Although the Ministry may not boast of huge infrastructure capacity to

accommodate all its agencies under one roof, but the leadership, under the supervision of the Chief Edem Duke, is working round the clock to make sure that its various offices are well-organized to facilitate effective coordination of the agencies’ activities with the parent

ministry. When National Mirror visited the ministry and some of the agencies, it was observed that even without adequate information technology ICT infrastructure and other facilities were still operating optimally. At the two-storey build-

ing currently housing National Institute for Cultural Orientation NICO, at 3 Sirasso Crescent, Off Kangeme St. Wuse Zone 6, Abuja, it was apparent that the agencies were functioning very well while the staff, who were recently trained demon-

strated commitment to their jobs for improved productivity of the agency. At the NTDC another agency under the ministry located at old Federal Secretariat Area 1 Abuja which is undergoing renovation, the agency was a CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

L-R: Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Omu-Aran Unit Command, Mr. Suleiman Mohammed; Unit Commander of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Isiaq Ganiyu; Kwara Sector Commander, FRSC, Mrs. Mary Wakama and Area Commander, Police Command, Mr. Olatunji Ayodele, at the launch of the Ember Months Campaign at Oke-Onigbin in Omu-Aran, Kwara State. PHOTO: NAN

Minister tasks states, LGs to invest in youths TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Supervising Minister of Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, charged states, local governments and other stakeholders in the country on the imperative of investing in youth development programmes in furtherance of ongoing efforts to enhance the capacities of the youths and prepare them for leader-

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ship roles in national development. Making the call at the occasion of the African Youth Day celebration organized in collaboration with the African Centre for Youth Development and Empowerment (ACYDE) in Abuja, Abdullahi, said developing the youths remained the only option for ensuring sustainable development of the country in the years ahead. The Minister pointed

...advocates re-modelling of NYSC scheme out that the theme of the celebration - ‘Youth United in Action for Agenda 2063’underscored the important roles youth are playing and would continue to play in leadership, governance, socio-political and economic development of the society. Represented by the Director of Network and Social Mobilization, Mrs Joy Ajulu, the Minister reiterated “government’s com-

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mitment to entrust young people with high level governance responsibility, in view of the fact that a successful and sustainable development of our dear country lies in the effective involvement and full participation of young people in every sphere of national development. “Government at state and local levels, development partners and other

stakeholders in youth development must therefore increase investment in the youth, involve them and ensure their participation in the process of the conception and implementation of activities and programme targeted at their development”, Abdullahi said According to him, this would encourage young people to devote their en-

ergy, increase enthusiasm, initiatives and creativity to the development and promotion of sustainable development in accordance with the theme of the celebration.” In his welcome address, the Executive Director of ACYDE, the organisers of the event, Comrade Ben Duntoye, explained that the theme sought to look into the future of the African youths in the next CONTINUED ON PAGE 54

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