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Tourism key to Nigeria’s quest for economic diversification


Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, at the 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), said as Nigeria hopes to diversify its economy and move the nation in the direction of generating revenue beyond oil, tourism is clearly one sector with untold potential for growth.

The Vice President, therefore, commended Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for pursuing a cultural agenda, which included recovering the state’s lost treasures scattered across the globe.
He said: “Edo State is blazing a trail in this direction. The governor has rightly prioritised art and culture and by showcasing its rich cultural heritage, Edo State will attract global attractions for the right reasons.”
The Director-General, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe at the interactive session/town hall meeting, held at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, disclosed that the 2019 NAFEST broke the record for states’ participation, with 30 states taking part in different activities of the week-long arts and culture fiesta.
“The festival started in 1970 after the civil war to reunite the citizens of the country,” he said.
Governor Obaseki said his administration is leveraging on cultural capital to drive investment in the tourism sector, noting that tourism is one of the key pillars of his administration’s agenda.


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