Nigeria Tourism to create 100 million jobs by 2028
Joseph Ari, the Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) said forecast has shown that Nigeria would be earning N12 billion ($33 Million) from the tourism sector by the year 2028, and the industry will create over 100 million jobs in Nigeria.
ITF is set to establish a training institute in tourism, which will be located in Lagos, with a campus at its headquarters in Jos.
The ITF Director-General disclosed this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the Jos 2019 Trade Fair, at the Polo field in Jos, the Plateau State Capital.
“The tourism industry has become an important income earner for many economies across the globe and in some cases, it has outstripped mineral resources in terms of its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“In Africa, there are ready examples in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Botswana. In some of the countries mentioned, the tourism industry contributes over 30% to the GDP. Similarly, countries like France, United Arab Emirates, Brazil and Spain rely on earnings from their booming tourism markets.
“The Plateau State will be the greatest beneficiary in view of its comparative advantage clement weather, absorbing rock formations, magnificent waterfalls and other tourist landmarks that have made Plateau State the Home of Peace and Tourism.”
“The Nigeria Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) generally, and the Plateau State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PLACCIMA) specifically, must focus attention on areas that would boost the tourism sector of the Nigerian economy and attract foreign investors and tourists,” he stressed.