Group Advocates Implementation Of FCT Tourism Master Plan
Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN),wants the Federal Capital Territory Administration to implement FCT Tourism Master Plan.
President FTAN, Alhaji Rabo Saleh, noted that the 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.
Saleh therefore stressed the need for the FCT Administration to collaborate with public, private sector in the development of domestic tourism sites like the Jabi Lake, Parks, 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.
The minister was represented by Senior Special Assistant on Administration and Strategy, Prof. Muhammad Usman.
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 hand. 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 the residents.