The Acting Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Dr. Paul Adalikwu, has said revenue from the tourism sector can serve as the alternative to oil industry income to the country.
Adalikwu, who stated this during his inaugural meeting with the staff at NTDC corporate headquarters in Abuja, said he would reposition the industry and the corporation as well as revive the Presidential Council on Tourism.
He added: "We shall work with the National Assembly, all other stakeholders to restore NTDC’s lost grounds, to enable the corporation move tourism in the country to the next level.
"We shall engage and partner with state governors who are serious to develop tourism in their states. While, I will ensure that all NTDC’s zonal offices are positioned to deliver on the corporation’s mandate.
He further said that the corporation should be renamed as the "Nigerian Tourism Authority” in line with global best practices, promising to engage relevant stakeholders for improved funding of the sector and the corporation.