PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, has commended African tourism ministers for initiating the role of women and youths in tourism development.
Patience Jonathan gave this commendation at the Presidential dinner held in honour of African tourism ministers and delegates attending the on-going 53rd UNWTO Commission for Africa in Calabar.
Mrs. Jonathan, who was honoured at the dinner for her ‘monumental and exemplary support for women and youths in tourism,’ said the theme: “Responsible Tourism: opportunities for women and youths” of the three-day conference, which started on Monday, showed African ministers’ commitment to addressing issues in the lives of women and youths in the African region.
According to the President’s wife who is also Nigeria’s ‘Tourism Ambassador,’ the theme of the conference was quite “timely and relevant considering the fact that women and youths constituted about 85 per cent of our population and, therefore, critical to our development and also highlights the role they can play in our world.”
Tourism, she said, if properly developed, had the potential to offer the individual and corporate bodies the opportunities to advance their interest and alleviate poverty as well.