Policy Documents

During the period of Prsident Olusegun Obasanjo  Administration, Culture and Tourism was given a pride of place and was selected as one of the six priority sectors of the Federal Government.  This led to the introduction of policy initiatives geared towards increasing the contribution of the sector to the GDP.  These include the review of the existing Cultural Policy of 1988 and the introduction of a National Tourism Policy.

One of the notable achievements towards implementing the Policy Initiatives, is the establishment of the Presidential Council on Tourism which is chaired by His Excellency, Mr. President.  Also important, is the establishment of the National Committee on Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage headed by the Honourable Minister of Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism.  There is also the introduction of a stakeholder Forum, namely; the National Council on Culture andTourism, in year 2000 for articulating policies aimed at boosting the contribution of the sector to the national economy.  The National Council on Culture and Tourism, which is the highest policy generating forum, is made of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism, its Parastatals, State Commissioners in charge of Culture and Tourism and Stakeholders in the Private sector.

The National Council on Culture and Tourism, which is held annually, had its first meeting in November 2000 in Jos, Plateau State.  Some of the notable achievements of the Council include:

·        Introduction and hosting of Abuja Carnival in 2005;

·        The introduction of a National Tourism Policy;

·        Production of the final draft copy of the Tourism Development Master Plan;

·        The introduction of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA);

·        A review of the 1988 Cultural Policy for Nigeria (80% completed);

·        The enlistment of Sukur World Heritage site at Adamawa and Osun Oshogbo Sacred    Grove into the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list.