Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday called for a change in Nigeria’s visa policy as part of measures to boost tourism in the country.
Mohammed, who spoke during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, believes that granting Nigerian visitor’s visa on arrival would go a long way in making the country easily accessible by intending tourists.
He said that the Federal Government must improve the state of infrastructure and tourism sites across the country, so as to make Nigeria attractive and accessible to tourists.
“People talk about terrorism; but I can tell you that terrorism is not the major issue hindering tourism in Nigeria. Because, for example, there is more terrorism in Israel than in Nigeria. But yet, people troop to that country every year for pilgrimage.
“Again, imagine a beautiful tourism site like the Obudu Resort; but the flight arrangement is such that when you go to Obudu on a Saturday, for instance, there is no flight until the next Saturday. How do you expect a tourist to undertake such adventure. So, we have to make the tourism sites very attractive and accessible,” he said.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, urged the Ministry officials to initiate new programmes that can make Nigeria an attractive tourist destination by moving away from the old ways o doing things.
The UNION reports that the agencies and departments under the Ministry are scheduled to appear before the Senate Committee on Appropriation on February 16, 2016 to defend their 2016 Budget.