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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the federal government’s visa-on-arrival policy has boosted the tourism sector.
The Minister made the assertion in Abuja on Monday,October 22, 2018, when he received members of the Latin America Motorcyclists Association (LAMA), that are in Nigeria for a tour of heritage sites along with other places of interest in the national country.
”All our visitors here today got visa on arrival. That presents that the federal government’s visa-on-arrival policy is working,” he said.
Mohammed said the current presence of the international bikers in Nigeria is really a testimony to the truth that the Administration’s quest to market the country’s cultural heritage and tourism sites is yielding fruits.
”As you tour Nigeria, beneath the ‘Rediscover Heritage Bikers Tour of Nigeria’, and visit historical heritage sites, you beam the searchlight on the websites for the global world to see.
“You will notice these heritage sites for yourselves as you travel through our diverse and culturally-rich nation. These sites include museums, monuments, homes of national heroes along with other tourist sites,” he said.
The Minister enlisted the support of the bikers to become Nigeria’s heritage ambassadors by spreading the news headlines of the country’s hidden treasures and their experiences.
President of LAMA, Mario Nieves, said the combined group, which includes members from 24 countries, is in Nigeria to rediscover the country’s heritage and culture in addition to promote unity on the list of human race.
“We have been just a band of humble motorcyclists that made a decision to arrange and create some form of impact inside our society. We think that it really is more vital that you be human than it really is to be black or white or oriental or Indian, because we participate in the people and we think that we all have been one people,” he said.
Nieves said Nigeria has set an example for them in humility, hospitality and respect, and that whenever they go back to their respective countries, they shall spread the good thing about Nigeria.
While giving a background on the tour, the acting Director-General, National Commission for Monuments and Museums, Abdulkarim Kadiri, said the bikers, from Brazil, US and Mexico, amongst others, and their Nigerian counterparts will tour 11 states of the federation so as to rediscover Nigeria and its own rich cultural heritage.
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