Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tourism master plan implementation, Duke got it wrong – Adejuwon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation,   Edem Duke, has come under  attack for his statement that the Tourism master Plan prepared under former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has  gone obsolete.
The chairman of the Tourism master Plan committee, Dr. Franklin Adejuwon, said   it was unfortunate that   the minister   who worked with the committee then could say that the   document had gone obsolete.
The Minister had said during a media chat on the presentation of   Fascinating Nigeria brand in Lagos recently that the     master plan which was developed and launched about six or seven years ago has gone slightly obsolete.
According to Dr. Adejuwon,   “Nigerian Tourism master Plan which was Obasanjo propelled and established   with the support of the UNDP-UNWTO has 15 years   lasting plan implementation.
“I am a bit disappointed however by my avowed Minister of Tourism who worked   very hard with me at the cross River end to establish this important road map   now saying   it is obsolete.”
Adejuwon added that if the minister is condemning the document could as well condemn the existence of the Ministry of Tourism which Obasanjo   hinged its establishment   on the development   of a road map on which it should thrive.
“I least   expected   he would be making such negative remarks when till the present budget   the ministry has been drawing down on the master plan from government purse.   Is there any explanation for this contradiction?” he asked.
Adejuwon said this was the same document that the UNWTO applauded   as a means of improving the socio-economic conditions of the Nigerian people and diversifying its economic base. He added that UNWTO said then that   the success of Nigeria’s tourism industry depended on its sustainability.