[caption id="attachment_48334" align="alignleft" width="594"] Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (left), handing over an Invitation Letter to the 61st United Nations World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa Meeting to Governor Godwin Obaseki (right) at the Edo State Government House in Benin on[/caption] The stage is now set for the 61st edition of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Commission for Africa (CAF) Meeting, which Nigeria will host from 4-6 June 2018 in Abuja. Speaking, in courtesy visit to the Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Tourism Alhaji Lai Muhamed said: “Your Excellency, with the support of many stakeholders, I can boldly say that we are ready to host a very successful meeting. The various committees and sub-committees that we have put together to prepare for the summit are doing a great job. We will not disappoint,” he said. The Minister said Benin City, being a repository of a rich culture, cannot be ignored in the preparation for the global tourism meeting, hence the decision to visit the city as part of the ongoing nationwide advocacy tour for the meeting. He said the meeting will afford Nigeria the unique opportunity to expose her rich culture to the rest of the world, in addition to exploring the theme, Tourism Statistics: A Catalyst for Development, to generate the much-needed statistics for the development of the tourism sector in Nigeria. Lai Mohammed further solicited for the support of the Edo State Government towards the successful hosting of the event, used the occasion to formally invite the Governor to the event. [caption id="attachment_48335" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (third left); Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki (fourth from left) and other officials of the Federal and Edo State Governments during a courtesy/promotional visit by the Minister on the forthcoming 61st UN World Tourism Organisation Commission for Africa Meeting taking place in Abuja 4-6 June 2018[/caption] Respondinding, Governor Obaseki said: “We understand the benefits of tourism to any evolving and emerging economy. A country like Indonesia whose GDP was four times less than that of Nigeria in 1994 today has a GDP five times that of Nigeria. The economy of Indonesia is grown by two key contributors to their GDP: oil palm and tourism,” “We appreciate the perspective and illumination you have continued to give federal government programmes and policies. Times are difficult especially with the difficult economic environment we find ourselves, and it takes a man of competence and knowledge like you to explain for the people to understand what this government is doing to alleviate the sufferings of the people,” he said.
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