Acheme Jack, Kano
Kano state government north western Nigeria has pledge to sanitise the Tourism sector in the state for better performance and to create more job opportunities for youths.
The Managing Director of the Kano Tourism Board, Yusuf Ibrahim at the 2019 World Tourism Day Celebration with the theme “Tourism and Jobs a Better Future for All” said the” sanitation will be carried out in the areas of hotels, travelling agencies and eateries.”
“the effort is geared towards attracting local and foreign investors to the tourism sector in the state.”
“Tourism being the second largest industry in the world has more capability of employing the youths in the areas of infrastructural provisioning, accommodation, transport, feeding, sightseeing and other related services,” he said.
He said Kano which is the home of tourism would further tap from the gains of the industry when the sanitation exercise is completed to attract more visitors to the ancient and historical city.
Attracting billions of revenue
The Secretary General United Nations World Tourism Organisation in a Message read by zonal coordinator Mr Gyubok Bako said the tourism sector is a” Catalyst for equality and inclusivity as gives women and youths especially those living in rural communities the opportunity to support themselves and their families and integrate fully into the wider society.”
He said across the world, the tourism sector is thriving and employing millions of people attracting billions of revenue as such Kano state and by extension the country Nigeria cannot be left behind.
Adamu Abdulahi , a participant at the event said enhanced condition of services in the tourism sector would reduce the crave for white collar jobs which are highly limited in the country.
He said “a single investment in any arm of the industry spins employment for many people”
According to Nigeria’s national bureau of statistics, the tourism sector is a potential 500 billion dollars economy, currently contributing 34 percent to the GDP and 20 PERCENT employment opportunity
Kano state north western Nigeria with its 15 century Trans Sahara Kurmi market still in existence, with its centuries old city walls, ancient dye pit, leather works and one of the richest zoo and museums in the country among others is contributing a lot to the national statistics.