By VICTOR NZE
Kaduna State Government has shifted attention to its tourism industry as it looks to woo both tourists and investors to the state, even as it further disclosed of plans to corner the market with an ambitious target of 100, 000 tourists before the end of year.
State Commissioner for Industry and Culture, Manzo Maigari, who disclosed this at the recently concluded Akwaaba African Travel Market in Lagos, said following the tourist projections, the state government has set in motion a machinery to map out its attractions with the aim to put them out in the public domain for the interest of investors and tourists.
According to the commissioner, given the huge potential of tourism, the state governor, Nasir El – rufai, has mandated his ministry to use the tourism to bring about sustainable economic development for the state, including job creation.
The agenda of the state government, he said include putting a workable tourism policy in place to drive investment, review its tourism master plan and document its tourist sites.
“The idea is to attract local and foreign investors to invest in the rich culture and tourism potential of the state. It will also serve as an opportunity for indigenes to get employed. This will help the state to have a proper tourism map, through which it could showcase its tourism potential to the outside world as a good tourism framework has to be in place for investors to have confidence in the state’s tourism sector,’’ he said.
The commissioner further revealed that the state government would create an enabling environment and infrastructure for tourism to thrive.
“The role of government is to create an enabling business environment while investors are to invest in the business opportunities provided. The Kaduna State Government will create a business enterprise in the area it has a comparative advantage especially in the area of culture, commerce, industry and tourism. This will fast track development in the state and boost government revenue earnings,’’ added Maigari.
The commissioner who disclosed that the state government is targeting 100,000 tourists in the last quarter of the year, assured of the safety of lives and property in the state, adding that the state government is desirous of making Kaduna State an economically viable state.
Some of the tourism assets spotlighted by him include: Kajuru Castle, Kamuku National Park, Fifth Chukker Polo Club, Kagoro hills, museums, amusement parks, the Nok Village, Gurara Falls, Lord Lugard Footbridge and Gamji Park.