Abuja - The House of Representatives Committee on culture and tourism said in Abuja on Thursday it would hold a world symposium on tourism as a viable revenue source and alternative to oil.
Rep Muniru Abiodun, a member of the committee, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Abiodun said the symposium would come up before the end of the year, which, he added, would emphasise the importance of tourism as the "next economy".
He said the committee had taken it upon itself as a mandate to ensure that every parastatal agency under the ministry of culture and tourism sensitised the people.
"There is need for us to organise the world symposium as a means to emphasise the importance of tourism in Nigeria.
"That is why the house has taken it as mandate to make sure that each of the parastatal bodies under the ministry of culture and tourism will have to emphasise the issue of general enlightenment for our people to know that tourism is life."
He said Nigeria could become an international tourist country like Dubai if attention was given to most of the heritages, monuments and beaches.
"This would generate high income for the country in such a way that other nations would come in and be able to explore the country's potential. Monuments could be an avenue for high income generated for the government," he said.
He said that those in the tourist sectors and also the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO’s) should make themselves available for the task ahead.
He noted that if tourism was given adequate attention by the government, it would help improve Nigerians' health.
"In Nigeria, we work for seven days in a week, 4 weeks in a month, and 365 days in a year.
"There is therefore need for us to take a break and this can only be done if we give attention to tourism."