Lagos – A Nigerian academic and tourism expert urged the government to use tourism to curb unemployment.
Prof. Oladele Falade, lecturer at the Department of Tourism and Events Management of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Falade said that the tourism industry is vast and rooted in all the sectors of the economy and therefore could play a major role to curb unemployment if developed.
According to him, the sector involves transportation, building of hotels, hotel workers, airlines, supply of food and drinks, arts and crafts, among others.
He said that the industry could employ people with low level of education compared to other sectors of the economy that required a high level of education before someone could be employed.
"Tourism has a vast scope to engage the unemployed.
"Government should concentrate in building a successful tourism sector to help curb the problem of unemployment, especially among youths.
"Tourism has potential that if well tapped and will increase the level of foreign exchange for the country," he said.