13 September 2020 By Remi Johnson
Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN),wants the Federal Capital Territory Administration to implement the FCT Tourism Master Plan.
President of the Association, Alhaji Rabo Saleh made the call when he led a delegation on a visit to the FCT Minister of State in Abuja
Alhaji Rabo Saleh noted that full implementation of the master plan would make the FCT to be one of the States to reckon with in the tourism industry.
He explained that to actualize a speedy economic recovery plan, the private sector must be actively involved.
According to him,80 percent of all tourism related businesses that provide over 30,000 jobs in the FCT are private sector driven.
He called for the diversification of the economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has left the world economy in a devastating state.
He therefore stressed the need for the FCT Administration to collaborate with the public and private sector in the development of domestic tourism sites like the Jabi Lake Park, and Katampe Hills.
Responding, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu,while acknowledging the potential of the tourism sector in the area of job creation, stressed the need to review the FCT tourism master plan.
Dr Aliyu who noted that the nation’s projected population by 2050 would be about 450 million people, emphasized the need for all sectors of the economy to be active.
Her words:” We have a population that is very huge. By 2050, it is projected that our population will be about 450 million people. With a very youthful population, if we don’t create the job opportunities or things that will keep them busy, then we will have a lot of crisis on our hands. So, it is important that all sectors are active” she said.
On the need to upgrade Jabi Lake for tourist attraction, the minister hinted that the administration has secured necessary approval to commence activities on Jabi Lake that would enhance the recreational potential of the Lake for the good of all residents.