As part of efforts to boost Nigerian tourism sector in line with the economic diversification agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari agenda, the Conservator-General (C-G) of the National Park Services, Dr. Ibrahim Goni has pledged that the service was open to collaboration in the Nigerian tourism sector players in any area that would bring return on investment in support of federal government’s non-oil revenue drive.
He expressed willingness of the National Park Service to partner the Calabar Carnival Commission in that regard.
Dr. Goni made the pledge during a recent courtesy visit by the Chairman of Calabar Carnival Commission, Sir. Gabe Onah to the office of the Conservator General the National Park Service (NPK) on Wednesday in Abuja to discuss improvement of the parks and collaborations for enhanced revenue.
The C-G who welcomed his visitors, said, “It’s a great deal to have Nigerians as your team who have passion for their country’s tourism sector.
“I have listened to you all and be rest assured that this discussion would be critically looked into perhaps the tourism sector would in deed take a new dimension with this anticipated collaboration if really found worthy”, he expressed.
He said that the private sector will be encouraged to partner with the service in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Earlier in his remark the Chairman Calabar Carnival Mr. Gabe Onah noted that there was need to pluck the low hanging fruits within the two organisations in other to boost the tourism sector in Nigeria.
According to Mr. Gabe, there is no country that is better than Nigeria in tourism if the appropriate bodies take “the Bull by the horn through the harnessing of the country’s tourism sites”, adding that product development is key to the sustainable of any tourism industry.
“Nigeria is heartily endowed with natural tourist sites but it is challenging to know that the country hasn’t harnessed the sites to a brim, forgetting that this would serve as a means to generate revenue and contribute reasonable percentage in injecting of funds to the economy.
“However, this is one amidst other reasons why I think this collaboration is very necessary at this point in time”, he added.