Published on : Friday, December 15, 2017
Mr. Nura Sani Kangiwa, the Vice President of FTAN (North West Zone), announced this lately in an interview on Monday with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Kangiwa stated that this was discussed earlier and reached at the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation conference that took placein Dutse, Jigawa State of late.
The National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation is a yearly meeting targeted in attracting the stakeholders to talk about the sector and the way it can contribute efficiently to develop the GDP of the country.
Kangiwa also said that decisions at the meeting was taken earlier regarding revamping of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival as it was prepared to make a major response.
To quote Kangiwa, “based on the resolution recently reached by the National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, it was agreed that the Federal Government and all tourism stakeholders will partake in the revamping of the festival. So, all tourism stakeholders are going to partner with the Kebbi State Government to ensure that the festival, which has been comatose for some years is revived in order to promote our country as a tourism destination.”
The Federal Government, he mentioned that in its attempt to expand the financial system had identified the creative industry where culture and tourism occupied a vital part aimed at creating jobs and develop foreign exchange earnings.
“This was reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020.
Cultural Tourism is a source of revenue generation. As an “invisible export” it creates a flow of foreign currency into the economy of a nation.”
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