Nigeria Compiling List of Festivals Nationwide To Boost Tourism – Minister

Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said
his Ministry will soon produce a compendium of the festivals across
the country as part of efforts to boost tourism and showcase the
country’s diverse cultures.

The Minister disclosed this in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday while
speaking at the ongoing 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism
and Culture, jointly organized by the two UN agencies.

He said with more than 365 festivals across Nigeria, the country can
organize one festival per day all year round, thus boosting domestic
and international tourism.

Alhaji Mohammed said Nigeria’s ethnic groups are rooted in their
cultures, which they showcase through different festivals like Durbar,
New Yam Festival, Eyo and Masquerades, just to mention a few.

He said governments at all levels in Nigeria are striving hard to
encourage the festivals in their domains, while the federal government
is providing the enabling environment to showcase the various
festivals.

The Minister said the Abuja Carnival is particularly designed to
enable the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital
Territory to showcase the country’s cultural diversity which he
described as a source of unity among the country’s more than 250
ethnic groups.

He said festivals are not just for entertainment but major
contributors to job creation and economic development.

The conference is aimed at exploring the interplay of tourism and
culture with a view to enhancing sustainable tourism globally.

More than 30 Ministers of Culture and Tourism from around the world
are attending the three-day conference.

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