Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation to establish a Tourism Development Fund to boost the nation’s internally generated revenue capacity.
The president gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday after he was briefed on the activities of the ministry by Nkechi Ejele, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry.
He commended the ongoing efforts by the ministry to generate more revenue through its various agencies.
Buhari, who thanked the officials of the ministry for “a very good presentation”, pledged that his government would support the ministry's activities.
The permanent secretary had earlier presented a number of proposals to the president, including the easing of visas for tourists and the establishment of a tourism development fund.
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Ejele, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting with the president, said that the ministry would continue to diversify its activities with a view to boosting the revenue base of the ministry.
She expressed the hope that the proposed Tourism Development Fund, when inaugurated, would help in the growth of the nation’s tourism sector.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Linus Awute also briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the ministry.
Awute, who spoke to State House correspondents after the briefing, said that the president challenged the ministry to keep the country disease-free, and to always ensure a healthy environment across the country.