Duke lauds tourism as a unifying factor

By SundiataPOST, Abuja

 The Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, on Wednesday said that tourism was an effective unifying instrument for Nigeria.

He made the remark at the end of a three-day Nigerian Leadership Summit held in Lagos.

The summit had the theme: `’Let’s Get to Work’’.

“Tourism is one of the largest industries globally. There are epic stories about every Nigerian. There are stories to be told in every state.

“Tourism can unite Nigeria,’’ he said, adding that it had the capacity to make people from the different  political parties, tribes and religions to come together without rancour or suspicion.

The minister said that tourism also had the capacity to generate much income for operators and the country.

“It is possible for us to start today to change our tomorrow; we must see possibilities in our tomorrow.

“We, as young Nigerians cannot sit in one place and expect manna to fall from heaven; we have to work,’’ Duke said.

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr Emeka Mba, spoke on the power of the digital media.

He said, “If you want to be successful, you must have a vision for the future and the desire to share in that future.’’

“You must also be willing to share knowledge,’’ Mba said.

The Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Mrs Evelyn Oputu, said that entrepreneurship was the way forward for the country.

She expressed satisfaction with the growth of the bank, and called on wealthy Nigerians to support it in terms of funding so that it could lend to more entrepreneurs.


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