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Create Ministry of Tourism to boost Nigeria’s IGR, tourism expert urges FG Tourism

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A tourism expert, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, on Wednesday, implored the Federal Government to create Ministry of Tourism to boost the country’s internally-generated revenue.

Ojo-Lanre, who made the call during a courtesy visit to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ibadan Zonal Office, described tourism as too important to be lumped with other sectors, presently as Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

NAN reports that Ojo-Lanre, a foremost tourism journalist and former Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, was, in 2021, appointed Team Leader and Chief Coordinator in Nigeria by Federation of World Cultural and Arts Society, Singapore.

According to him, Nigeria has great tourism potentials that should be developed by both the federal and state governments to earn more income.

“President Bola Tinubu should start a new era in tourism through the establishment of a new Ministry of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture.

“The new ministry will add value to his government and the economy, as different people, trades and businesses tend to spring up and grow accordingly.

“It is sad that Nigeria is not developing tourism, as 98.5 per cent of all tourism assets are either not developed or under-developed.

“Although tourism is private sector-driven, the development of the framework is for government to oversee,” he said.

Ojo-Lanre said that government should not consider tourism as a worthless sector that should be given to individuals to manage as means of ‘settling’ political allies.

“It is a viable sector requiring best of hands and brains to be put in charge,” he said.

Speaking on the security challenges currently bedeviling the country which might not augur well for tourism, Ojo-Lanre said such challenges were surmountable, if only tourism could be considered as priceless.

According to him, the oil and gas sector is the most protected because of the value attached to it as the main income earning source for the nation.

“Should tourism be so acknowledged as so important a source of income, enough security structure will be put in place to make tourists and tourism business adequately secured,” he said.

Responding, a Deputy Editor-in-Chief in Ibadan zonal office, Dr ‘Wale Sadeeq, appreciated Ojo-Lanre for his ambassadorial role in promoting the nation through tourism.

 

He assured that the agency would continue to do all within its powers to sustain the nation’s goodwill, both locally and internationally.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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