The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stressed the need to explore the nation’s vast tourism potentials to create jobs, achieve inclusiveness and address youth restiveness.
The Minister made the remarks in Abuja on Monday when he received a delegation from Nasarawa State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe.
The Deputy Governor said the delegation came to seek support for the development of tourism sites in the state,
“Your Excellency, I want to thank you for this visit because it shows the kind of importance Nasarawa State attaches to culture and tourism.
But the truth of the matter is that we can avoid a lot of youth restiveness if we take advantage of tourism because tourism in its own right has the capacity to create jobs and create leisure and bring unity and understanding among the people.
“We look at tourism in Nigeria as the panacea to poverty, as one industry that can bring inclusiveness and it is targeted largely at women and the youth,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed expressed delight at the award of contract by the Nasarawa State Government to construct the road leading to the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls in the state, which is the highest waterfall in the country at 150 metres height.
He said this will complement the contract earlier awarded by the Federal Government for the construction of the Farin Ruwa Dam, for the provision of water and electricity, as well as the construction of the road leading to the dam.
“You can see that with the combined efforts of the Federal Government and the State Government, that key element, which is always missing in tourism development, which is infrastructure, has already been addressed,” the Minister said.
He welcomed the plan by the Nasarawa State Government to build a Film Village at the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, saying the scenic beauty of the environment can attract film makers across the world as well as local and international tourists.
Alhaji Mohammed promised to pay an official visit to the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls, with a view to assessing the waterfalls and discussing with the state government officials on how best to develop the falls into a world-class tourist site.
The Minister also used the occasion to commiserate with the Government and people of Nasarawa State over the recent gruesome murder of the State APC Chairman, Mr. Philip Shekwo.
In his remarks, the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor, observed that tourism, which is a low hanging fruit for job creation, is being neglected and relegated to the background in Nigeria.
He sought the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture towards exploring and exploiting the vast tourism potentials of Nasarawa State, especially the Farin Ruwa Waterfalls because of its potential to attract tourists.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied on the visit by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Dogo Shama; the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hajia Lantana Ahmed, and the Convener of the Annual Nasarawa Festival, Mr. A. Y. Bello, among other officials.
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
23 Nov. 2020
23 November 2020
Access Bank is employing a multifaceted approach to environmental sustainability, says Victor-Laniyan
Access Bank’s Head of Sustainability, Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan, at the recently held United Nations Global Compact Business LIVE event revealed the practical ways in which the Bank works to ensure the application of its sustainability pact.
Emphasising the interrelatedness of innovation, sustainability and collaboration in helping organisations navigate policies in their business operations, Victor-Laniyan noted that Access Bank has collaborated with various stakeholders and built models that highlight this.
“Through our partnership with SMEFunds, a social enterprise, we have sought to end poverty by promoting sustainable enterprise development. This partnership helps nature to recover itself by curbing the felling and selling of trees in rural Nigerian communities. Furthermore, following the launch of the new Access Bank brand in 2019, we launched the Paper2Pencil initiative, that enabled us convert old branded notebooks and paper into pencils. Today, we’ve distributed those pencils to over 10,030 students across Nigeria,” Victor-Laniyan said.
Despite the environmental and health implications of cooking with firewood, with some 93000 annual deaths related to smoke inhalation from household pollution caused by firewood smoke (per data from The International Centre for Energy, Environment, and Development), millions of Nigerian households still employ this cooking method. To curb this issue, Access Bank distributed bio gel powered cooking technology to entrepreneurs (predominantly female), while also training and issuing grants to help beneficiaries start-off their respective businesses.
Asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected private-public sector partnership, Victor-Laniyan opined that COVID-19 had accelerated public-private sector partnership, citing the Access Bank led Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) as one example among many. The initiative stepped in to improve Nigeria’s testing and treatment capacity at the onset on the pandemic, setting up state of the art testing and treatment centres across the country.
The high-level panel discussion which was themed “Principles-based Environmental Innovations: Practical Decision Making for Climate Action” enabled stakeholders to take stock of the state of the world concerning the gaps in progress, driving business ambition on the SDGs and highlighting practical examples and actionable solutions. The session was held to mark the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Closing out her discussion, Victor-Laniyan expressed optimism about the UN’s target 2030 date for the achievement of the SDGs. “I see 2030 as a year we would look back and be grateful we took the decisions that we did in 2015 about the SDGs as I want to imagine that the carbon emissions will be a far cry from where we are now. I see a world where every breath will be cleaner, one where nature will be recovering and we will have a green and liveable city where the use of single-use plastics will be a distant memory. A world where clean electricity now dominates the energy sector and a planet that would have undergone a lot of deep decarbonising efforts,” she concluded.
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Access Bank Plc, commonly known as Access Bank, is a multinational commercial bank, owned by Access Bank Group. It is licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, the national banking regulator.