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Nigerian Senator Entreats Lawmakers to Approve Billions For Tourism Project

Nov 06, 2019 01:31 PM
Nigerian Senator Entreats Lawmakers to Approve Billions For Tourism Project Africa Business Radio, Rochas Okorocha, Tourism, Africa Business News, Senator, Nigeria

Senator Rochas Okorocha, Chairman of Senate Committee on Tourism, is seeking Senate’s approval to carry out an N4 billion tourism project. During his presentation to the appropriations committee on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Okorocha expressed his belief that the project dubbed ‘God Dey’, would boost the country’s tourism sector. Responding to Okorocha’s request, the Senator representing Kano North Senatorial District, Senator Barau Jibrin said that the project would be looked into and the money would be disbursed when made available. Okorocha added that the tourism sector had the potential to change the fortune of the country. According to him, the sector is key to the diversification of the economy from the present monolithic dependence on oil, which he said can no longer meet the country’s needs. Okorocha emphasized the need for the government to develop the sector, saying that most countries like China, Korea, UAE, Singapore, and Malaysia depended on tourism and Nigeria has more natural tourism potentials than these countries. Specifically, he said the music and entertainment industry in Nigeria has a comparative advantage and must be supported and harnessed for the benefit of the country.

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