Mr. Micheal Pam, General Manager, Plateau Tourism Corporation, on Sunday in Jos called for more private investments in the tourism sector.
Pam told newsmen that tourism business was a huge revenue earner, adding that it was only in Africa that the sector was left solely in the hands of government.
“In the western world, private individuals invest handsomely in the sector, especially the running of museums because they value its contributions to the links between the young and old generations.
“There is a war museum in Enugu for instance which should be a tourist site for the military, but nobody is ready to invest in keeping it functional. Not even the military itself.
“Here in Plateau State, we have a lot of tourist attractions, but because we are waiting for government, nobody wants to invest in the sector,” Pam said.
According to him, an old residency museum situated in Calabar where the colonial masters lived during their rule in Nigeria has been abandoned because everybody is waiting for government to develop it.
He explained that museums and other tourist sites were saddled with the onus of preserving old traditions and culture, adding that they were also recreational centres where people could relax after a hectic day at work.
“I know Africans, particularly Nigerians, appreciate their culture and tradition so much; so we believe it is good to visit museums to take a view of our rich heritage.
“All work without play makes Jack a dull boy, so people need to relax after a stressful working day or week.”
He described Plateau as a conglomeration of all segments of tourist attraction, adding that the state was blessed in all ramifications.
Pam urged Nigerians to take advantage of the endowment that nature bestowed on the state and invest heavily in the sector, to improve its economic potential and the country at large.