Expert urges FG to invest more in travel, tourism sectors

May 14, 2021
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An international travel and tourism consultant, Dr Akinkunmi Akingbade has called on the government to redirect attention to travel and tourism sector in Nigeria.

Akingbade, who is also the Chief Value Adder of Bigger International Consult limited, an educational travel and tourism organisation in Nigeria, certified education and regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) disclosed that Nigeria is blessed with over One thousand Tourism destinations untapped and unattended to for many years.

He frowns at Nigerian leaders for abandoning Nigeria’s hidden treasures spread across the length and breadth of Nigeria, making Nigeria a mono-economy by depending only on crude oil as a source of revenue earner.

Dr Akingbade, “it is disheartening and sad that a country that is richly endowed in travel and tourism potentials is allowing these tourism destinations to rot away, while advanced nations of the world like United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, United Arab Emirate, Australia among others are gain huge returns from the sector.

Many research works and data have also shown that Nigeria’s travel and tourism potential are inexhaustible and we will make more revenue than what we are making now in crude oil which can be exhausted.

However, the devastating effects of oil exploration are there for us all to see in Niger Delta area of the country”.  Apart from the lack of political will to develop tourism sector in the country, Dr Akingbade said the challenges confronting the sector which include undeveloped infrastructures like roads and other ancillary facilities at the airports and seaports, epileptic electricity supply and in the recent time insecurity are also areas of great concern.

Akingbade, however call on both the federal and state government to invest more in the development of travel and tourism sector in Nigeria in order to diversify the economy and also intensify efforts in securing lives and property in our society.

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