Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Nigeria Now Sufficiently Safe And Secure - president Buhari

Despite security challenges in parts of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that Nigeria under his watch was now safe enough.

He said that as the first thing tourists around the world saw was security, Nigeria was now open for tourism.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant in Media and Advertising, the President said this while receiving the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, at the Presidential Village, Abuja.

Buhari said that the security situation in the country before the start of his administration would have made it inconceivable to organize an international tourism conference in Abuja as he was doing now.

The 61st meeting of the WTO Commission for Africa is held in Abuja. The President said: "I am pleased that the country is now safe and secure enough, and the message should go to the world for all tourists and business travelers.

"The first thing tourists are looking for is security and I'm happy that we have it now."

"Minister Lai Mohammed has tried to convince the world that Nigeria is safe and has great potential for tourism and investment.

"I'm glad that you and your team came here to see things for themselves."

Highlighting the nexus between tourism and sustainable development, the President said that Nigeria would not be left behind to ensure that communities and businesses benefit from tourism development.

In his comments, Pololikashvili praised Nigeria for the successful organization of the conference that brings together African tourism ministers, top executives of the world tourism body and other stakeholders in the tourism sector.

The head of tourism at the UN told Buhari that Nigeria had great potential to develop the tourism sector considering its great economy.

"We can do it in Nigeria, we can create, make Nigeria the main tourist destination in Africa, there is great potential here, culture, nature, food, you have everything here.

"He is investing in agriculture, improving smooth travel through the visa program on arrival, reforming the economy and doing so much in terms of security, Nigeria is safe," said Pololikashvili.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said that 166 delegates, including 26 tourism ministers from Africa, attended the UN tourism conference, which will take place from June 4 to June 6 in Abuja.

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