As part of measures to boost the tourism sub-sector in Nigeria, the federal government is planning a new visa policy that would make the country easily accessible for intending tourists from across the world.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed dropped the hint yesterday during an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.
Mohammed noted that granting Nigerian visitors visas on arrival, would go a long way in making the country easily accessible by intending tourists.
The minister stressed the need for government to improve the state of infrastructure and tourism sites across Nigeria so as to make the country attractive and accessible to tourists.
“People talk about terrorism, but I can tell you that terrorism is not the major issue hindering tourism in Nigeria, because for example, there is more terrorism in Israel than in Nigeria, yet people troop to that country every year for pilgrimage.
“Again, imagine a beautiful tourism site like the Obudu Resort, but the flight arrangement is such that when you go to Obudu on a Saturday for instance, there is no flight until the next Saturday.
“How do you expect a tourist to undertake such adventure? So, we have to make the tourism sites very attractive and accessible,” he explained.
In his remarks, the committee chairman, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South) urged the ministry officials to initiate new programmes that could make Nigeria an attractive tourist destination by moving away from the old ways of doing things.
Meanwhile, the agencies and departments under the ministry are scheduled to appear before the Senate Committee on Appropriation on February 16 to defend their budget.

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