Nigerian Tourism: It’s time to make Lai Mohammed’s global trips count

Lai Mohammed

One of the things that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who also has tourism under his portfolio, during his first tenure was noted for was his travelling across the world, attending tourism and culture related meetings. He has continued on this beat in his second tenure. However, a careful look into all the elements that surround these many travels and the benefits of it to Nigeria tourism raises some questions. Basically, these travels are supposed to open up and foster existing links and channels among others…

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Mohammed, 3 DGs, Onyema, Olowo, Uko, others for ANJET’s tourism seminar 2019

Lai Mohammed

Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) has unveiled the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as special guest of honour, ahead of its October 8 Tourism Seminar, billed for the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos. The event will also witness the inauguration of the association’s new executive council and patrons. A statement released by the tourism writers’ body, said the theme of the seminar is; ‘Tourism and Jobs: Better future for all,’ in line with the annual yearly World Tourism Day (WTD) celebrations by the…

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DSO trial: Again, Lai Mohammed absent in court

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed was again absent in court yesterday, where he was billed to testify as a prosecution witness in an on-going trial of the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Kawu Modibbo, Pinnacle Communications Ltd, and two others. At the resumed trial, the prosecution counsel, Henry Emore informed trial judge, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo- Giwa that the Minister was absent in court because the President sent him on “an urgent assignment.” “My Lord, I’m still expecting him; When I put a call to him, the PA said…

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No president has invested more in infrastructure than Buhari – Mohammed

Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says no government has invested more in infrastructure development than the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mohammed said this at the 9th quadrennial conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) 0n Thursday, in Abuja. He assured Nigerians that the “Next Level” administration of Buhari will witness a faster pace of infrastructure development, adding that a lot of ongoing projects would be delivered and put to use for the comfort of the people. “The government is investing massively in the provision of critical infrastructure to…

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When govs take new wives

One of the things public office holders usually let go when they step into office and even after leaving office is their private life. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE looks at some serving and past governors who took new wives while in office   Public office holders are usually without private life. Whatever they do, even when its private affair becomes a searchlight for the public who ordinarily are inquisitive of what is happening under the roof of the high and mighty. More than any office holders, state governors come…

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In defence of autonomy for judiciary

Lawyers: Autonomy’ll guarantee judiciary’s independence   President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to fully implement recommendations by Presidential Implementation Committee on Autonomy of the State Legislature and State Judiciary has brightened hope that the two arms will soon be free of the grip of governors. AKEEM NAFIU writes     It seems the incessant strike by the Judiciary Staff Association of Nigeria (JUSUN) over lack of financial autonomy for states judiciary will soon be a thing of the past following the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to implement recommendations of a…

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Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammed, has failed tourism, say operators

The spate of missed opportunities and dearth of policy initiatives which ordinarily should drive growth in the tourism sector to an appreciable level of visibility have been further compounded by the lack of attention from the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his team. It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 scrapped the then Ministry of Tourism and Culture and proceeded to merge the ministry with that of Information, with effect reducing the tourism sector to an agency within the Ministry of Information and…

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S’Court orders Emirates Airlines to pay U.S. student N2.5m

10 years after she was barred from using her valid flight ticket on Emirates Airlines, respite has come the way of an American University student, Miss Promise Mekwunye as the Supreme Court upheld a Federal High Court, Lagos division’s decision awarding a N2.5million damage against Emirates Airlines. Mekwunye, who was then a student of North Texas University, Denton, Texas USA had in 2008 dragged the airline to court for refusing her to use her two-way flight ticket from Dallas to Nigeria for no reason and for further refusing to fully…

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Curbing conflicting judgements

AKEEM NAFIU writes that conflicting judgements on election cases being churned out by courts of coordinate jurisdiction if not promptly checked is capable of putting partisan garb on the judiciary and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) while also creating uncertainty in the electoral process     It is not in doubt that conflicting judgements emanating from courts of coordinate jurisdiction when election disputes are being decided have continued to impact negatively on the nation’s electoral process since the return of democracy in 1999. Pre and post-election disputes handled by…

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Mohammed, Babandede, Kale, Philips, others for NTIFE 2018

Nigeria tourism will be on song next week as travel professionals, stakeholders, government officials and the business community converge on Abuja for this year’s edition of the Nigeria Tourism Investment Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) organised by the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN). Speaking on the event, which is bill to hold between November 21 and 22 at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel, the President of FTAN, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, disclosed that this year’s forum is a watershed in the history of the federation because of the importance its places…

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