The Niger State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Fatima Adamu, has said that insecurity is one of the factor hindering the promotion of tourism sites in the state.
The commissioner said there were tourism sites in some Local Government Areas that could have been opened as tourism attractions but insecurity was a hindrance.
She said this during the 2023 World Tourism Day celebration with the theme, ‘Tourism and Green Investment’, on Wednesday.
According to the commissioner, tourism could have been a veritable source of revenue for the state but the activities of bandits were preventing it.
She said: “My challenges in promoting tourism in Niger State is funding and insecurity because some of those places cannot be assessed because of the insecurity, most especially the Kwangugari site. The Kwangugari site is where we have the Gadan Allah.
“We could have made it a tourism site for everyone but it’s no more assessible because of insecurity. But His Excellency is trying his best to see that everything moves on smoothly, to control the insecurity in Niger State.
“We have many tourism sites in Niger State but not all of them are functioning well and I am trying my possible best to make it functional. I want to activate all the tourism sites in Niger State and where they need investors. We are inviting investors to come and invest in Niger State because Niger State is a home of tourism.”
Adamu added, “We have many tourist sites. The examples we have are the Zuma Rock, Gurara Falls. Shagunu Beach. We have the Dutse Malolo in my local government – it’s a beach that you are not aware of. We have the Gada Allah where you can come, it’s a bridge. It’s a natural bridge there and I know it’s not everyone that knows there. So, I’m trying to activate all those sites.”
The commissioner for Transport, Ladidi Kuta, who represented the state’s deputy governor, also said that tourism in the state was stopped for a while in the past but that the present government would bring in development partners, who she said would collaborate with the state to open up most of the tourism attractions.