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Nigeria: Lai Mohammed, Ex-Nigeria’s Information Minister, Gets New Appointment


Mr Mohammed has been named the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s immediate past minister of information, culture and tourism, has been appointed Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili.

A statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) indicated that the announcement of Mr Mohammed’s appointment was made during the opening session of the 66th UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) currently underway in Mauritius.

Mr Mohammed brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new task having consistently played instrumental roles in the affairs of the world tourism body for the past seven years.

He led the organisation of the 61st UNWTO CAF Meetings in Nigeria in 2018 and the maiden UNWTO Global Conference on Linking Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries in Lagos last year.

He is expected to help Mr Pololikashvili pursue his objective of making Africa a key region for the global tourism economy through his Agenda for Africa programme.

Accepting the new role, Mr Mohammed expressed his gratitude, saying that he was inspired by the confidence reposed in him by the secretary-general.

“I stand before you, deeply touched and inspired by your generous words of confidence and trust.

“With so much gratitude for the confidence placed in me by the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr Zurab Pololikashivili and with an unswerving resolve to honour that trust, I humbly accept the appointment as the Special Advisor on Tourism to the Secretary General of this great Organisation.

“This would mark the first time that I would be attending a function of the UNWTO as a private individual having, for the past seven years, served as the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to all the leaders of the member states, particularly those from the Africa region, for their support and friendship,” he said.

Mr Mohammed added: “I am deeply honoured to become the first Nigerian to serve in this capacity.

“Nigeria is dynamic and diverse in terms of natural and human resources in the areas of tourism, culture, creative industries, technology, and other aspects of our national economy.