Nigeria’s immediate-past minister of information, Lai Mohammed has gotten a new appointment.
Lai was appointed as the special advisor for Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourist Organization (UNWTO).
In a statement released on Thursday, it was revealed that Lai had been appointed during the 66th UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) opening session, which is now taking place in Mauritius.
The former minister is anticipated to assist the secretary-general in achieving his goal of elevating Africa through his “Agenda for Africa programme” to a significant region for the global tourism sector.
According to a report, Lai expressed his honor at being the first Nigerian to assume the position.
I stand before you, deeply touched and inspired by your generous words of confidence and trust,” he said.
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 Organization.
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.
Having come so far and rising still, the Nigeria and Africa region in general is living and shaping the full range of achievements and challenges of our current times.
It is therefore inspiring to take on more responsibilities that will guide the development of tourism in a more responsible and sustainable manner.