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Curator blames oil for Nigeria’s dwindling tourism fortunes

Curator of Benin Museum and Monuments, Mr Theophilus Umogbai, has posited that crude oil in Nigeria had hampered the development of the tourism sector.
Umoghai made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
He said the earnings from crude oil made successive governments to neglected the development of the tourism sector, and commended President Goodluck Jonathan, for giving the industry a facelift.
According to him, it is unfortunate that the tourism industry in Nigeria has remained in an insipid stage.
He said that tourism, if well harnessed, had huge revenue earning potential, pointing out that the sector had remained the economic mainstay of some countries in the world.
Umogbai said a well-developed tourism sector would play great role in uniting the country and ensuring cordial relationship between Nigeria and its developmental partners.
The curator said the country’s negative image abroad due to insecurity and other problems, had also affected the growth of the sector.
“Some Nigerians dish out negative and dangerous information about their country through the social media, thereby portraying its image in a very bad light.
“This negative impression is created in the minds of the people who are supposed to visit the country and make its tourism to grow.
“All these put together have been affecting the development of tourism in Nigeria,” he said.
Umoghai said the Igue festival, for instance, was supposed to be a major component of tourism in Beninland in particular and Nigeria in general, but had not been harnessed because of the ugly development.
He said: “some people who are supposed to visit Benin, purchase monuments, souvenirs and patronise our hotels, no longer feel like coming because of the negative impression.’’
He, however, called on such Nigerians to have a rethink on this, stressing that other countries in the world had their own problems, but had learnt how to manage internal crises.

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