Museum Chief Decries Underdevelopment of Ecotourism in Nigeria

The Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Yusuf Usman, said that ecotourism was not getting the needed attention and development.

Usman spoke during his keynote address at the annual general meeting of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Eco- tourism is not well developed in Nigeria; we only have culture, tourist sites, galleries and museums. We need to have a well developed ecotourism to complement other aspects of tourism in the country,” he said.

Usman also said that NCMM was an important partner in the promotion of tourism in Nigeria. “But we don’t earn income from museums, because tourists come to the museums without paying. They enter taxis, pay for flights, sleep in hotels but when they come to museums or festivals, it is free, we don’t earn a lot,” he said.

According to Usman, without UNESCO's identification of world tourism and heritage sites in the country, it would have been difficult for tourists to come, see and experience them.

He said that Islamic World Heritage Committee of the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) was listing Islamic heritage sites that would attract tourists from across the world.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that five sites in Nigeria were recently submitted to the World Islamic Heritage Committee for recognition by NCMM.