LAGOS — Contrary to a recent negative report by the US, the Nigerian government said on Thursday that every state in the country is safe.
Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, stated this when he received a delegation from the Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria in Abuja.
Mohammed said the advisory published by the US, which was awash in national dailies declaring 20 Nigerian states “unsafe and completely no go area”, was not correct.
The minister admonished the media to desist from propagating negative news about the country, stressing that it would discourage investors and be counter productive to tourism growth.
The minister urged the media and members of the association to complement efforts of government to re-position the tourism sector.
He said tourism was driven by perception rather than reality, adding that every Nigerian must invest in perception management for the country.
The minister also urged leaders in the public and private sectors to help promote local tourism by spending their vacations and holidays at tourist sites within the country.