By Collins Yakubu-hammer
Abuja – The Federal Government on Sunday explained the reasons behind the non-implementation of the recommendations drafted at the end of the 2016 Tourism Summit held in Abuja.
The Director of Cultural Industries and Heritage, Mr Seyi Womiloju, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Abuja that the reason was because government activities were tied to the budget.
“The reason why the recommendations cannot be implemented this year is because the budget was drafted before the summit took place; meaning the recommendations came after the budget was drafted.
“And you know that budgets are normally prepared for next year’s expenditures; but I am very positive that the implementation will be captured in the next year’s budget.
“Don’t forget that the 2016 Tourism Summit was on diversification; and also, an implementation committee was constituted; am sure that government will do all it can to achieve it,’’ Womiloju said
According to him, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is very passionate about the diversification of the country’s economy and to make tourism a major source of revenue generation.
He explained that the present administration had expressed its commitment on several occasions and was ever ready to ensure that tourism and hospitality sectors were taking to the next level.
He emphasised that the Minister of Information and Culture had made frantic efforts to ensure the country’s tourism sector meet global standard and attract tourists from home and abroad.