The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, says tourism will be the next oil industry in the country in terms of revenue generation among other benefits.
The minister said this during a working visit to the Director General, Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation, Folorunsho Coker, in Abuja.
He said that the industry had contributed to the country’s Gross Domestic Product GDP of 1.24 per cent and would target to increase it.
According to the minister, the nation’s tourism industry is the fastest growing industry that has employed over one million people and has the capacity of employing beyond the number.
Mohammed however charged the NTDC to explore unexplored opportunities in the tourism sector to create more jobs in the society.
The minister who noted that the sector is “grossly untapped”, said the corporation was sitting on a “cake of unexploited potential” and has the capacity to harness, attract and promote the country’s tourism.