Lai Mohammed Emerges Vice President of World Tourism Body

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria]

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on Wednesday elected Nigeria as Vice President, Africa at its ongoing 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of Southwest China.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who led Nigeria’s delegation to the General Assembly assumed the seat on behalf of the country, for the next two years.

NAN reports that Cape Verde was also elected alongside Nigeria as Vice President, Africa, of the global body charged with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable tourism development.

The 22nd biannual session of the UNWTO being attended by more than 1,300 delegates from 75 countries also elected Colombia and Mexico to represent the continent of America at the General Assembly.

Romania and Switzerland were elected as representative of Europe while Iraq was elected from Middle East and Srilanka from South Asia continent on the Assembly

NAN reports that all the elections to the seats were done by acclamation by delegates as agreed by the General Assembly.

The Chairman of the UNWTO Executive Council, Li Jinzao, who conducted the elections and the General Assembly said that the body suspended Rule 43 of its Statutes which stipulates secret balloting for the elections.

Mr. Jinzao is the Chairman, Chinese National Tourism Administration, the host of the UNWTO 22nd General Assembly.

Reacting to his election, Mohammed said that the last time Nigeria occupied the position of UNWTO Vice Presidency was 20 years ago, 1997, and it was a great honour to the country and him.

“I feel quite honoured and humbled to be called upon to serve as the Vice President of the General Assembly of the UNWTO and it is a very big honour to Nigeria.

“It has proven one thing that in the last two years, the administration has succeeded in pushing tourism and creative industry as a whole from the back burner to the front burner, from the side issue to the main issue

“This has also been noticed by the global community and I feel highly gratified about it,” he said.

The minister said that the position would propel him to do more in the development of the nation’s tourism and creative industry

“When you are recognised on a global stage like this, it encourages and spurs you to do more.

“One thought he was doing this out of sheer commitment but not knowing that he was being noticed globally and this is what I think it is impressive about this.

“My contributions to UNWTO at various events held in Cote d’ Ivoire, Madrid and Ethiopia have been borne out of conviction that, this is the way to go.

“But I was quite surprised when I got a call that I was being nominated to serve Africa as a Vice President of this General Assembly.

“What that means is that you are squarely in the saddle of driving the global agenda for tourism for the next two years,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said that he would leverage on the new position to positively affect tourism in Nigeria.

He said: “With this new appointment, you will begin to look at yourself not just as a Nigerian citizen but as a World citizen and it means that a lot more will be expected from you.

“You cannot be serving as a Vice President of the UNWTO General Assembly and allow tourism and creative industry to lag behind in your country because it will be like, physician heals thyself first.

“It also gives one a closer access to the world tourism organisation and the way it works and it will be a good leverage for Nigeria”.

The outgoing Secretary General of UNWTO, Taleb Rifai, congratulated the new executives of the Organisation and enjoined them to work towards bringing more members to the fold.

He noted that tourism had recorded successive growth in the last six years and the new leaders should leverage on the development.

NAN reports that the election of the new Secretary-General of the global tourism body is expected to be ratified by the Executive Council before the end of the five-day General Assembly.

It will be recalled that the Conference of Africa Ministers of Tourism under the aegis of UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) had ratified Nigeria’s bid to host the CAF 61st meeting in Abuja from June 4 to June 6 next year.

(NAN)


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  • Agba

    Useless position for a LIAR;

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Ode….by ode u must know them.

      Bad belle

      • dele20

        The guy is really a Nigeria’s enemy of progress

        • front man

          You can say that again

      • woman leader1

        They will soon be tired because HMIC is really given them sleepless nights

      • front man

        They are very easy to identify

      • man leader

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        It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish It.bad belle

    • progressive

      So you can call it useless position assuming you were the one that was given such position won’t you be rejoicing by now why dont you celebrate our own perfoming minister of information and culture , your criticism won’t take you anywhere.

      • woman leader1

        He his in because because the minister of information and culture is performing and Nigerians are really appreciating his work.

      • front man

        Don’t mind the guy, hatred is affecting is brain

    • Night Crawler

      You are a proven lunatic who has lost his sense of reasoning

      • Agba

        Back to elders in your house

        • woman leader1

          Be reasonable for once.

        • dpfrank

          Ezi

        • front man

          Grow up and stop reasoning like a kid

      • woman leader1

        Sure!

    • dele20

      HMIC is a man of honesty and integrity

      • woman leader1

        No doubt

    • dele20

      Continue displaying your foolishness online

    • Agba without brain!

      • Agba

        Elder in your house is without brain

        • woman leader1

          But you reason like one

        • dpfrank

          Pigg!

        • front man

          You are too fake

    • woman leader1

      Shame on you, just let us know your problem and stop talking like someone without sense.

    • dpfrank

      This is good news for Nigeria as a whole which should be applauded by all, instead look at the rotten words coming out from your septic tank you call mouth, you are useless and shameless.

    • front man

      Just tell us what your problem is.

  • emmanuel

    Dem don enter trouble for that group. He go tell dem say Nigeria get Aircraft when dey fly only for night (Ground nut shell, plantain leaves and broom).
    Then he go tell dem say na im pickin be CBN Governor.
    Chai, i sori for the group, dem neva know say dem don enter one-chance.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Is a pity that u lost ur sense of belonging.idiot

      • progressive

        He has indeed lost his senses he needs to go for a recourse

        • dele20

          The guy is brainless oo

          • woman leader1

            Very

        • woman leader1

          Abi oo

      • dele20

        He is amnesiac

    • Night Crawler

      By their comment you shall know them, ipod e-rat spotted

      • dele20

        Don’t mind the guy, he is a Nigeria’s enemy of progress

    • See how you are fooling your self, publicly. Your mumu done do!

    • dele20

      You are a confirmed Nigeria’s enemy of progress, are you a sadist to good news?

    • woman leader1

      Hatred is all over you and your hatred for HMIC won’t stop him for achieving his aims, you shall be put to shame.

    • dpfrank

      You are useless and more shameless than a pigg for saying this rubbish.

  • SpeakOut

    This is just the stepping stone, HMIC is working

    • #InternationallyRecognized

    • dele20

      No doubt about that, HMIC is really working great

    • woman leader1

      He his doing his work well

    • man leader

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      It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish It. mumu

  • SpeakOut

    This is a good sign for HER country, it’s how we’re moving forward

    • dele20

      Nigeria is progressing

    • man leader

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  • progressive

    Congratulations to HMiC is shows that nigeria is on right path . The reward for hard working will surely bring success

    • dele20

      Nigeria will always stand, Nigerians are much getting proud of this present government

  • LagosBoy

    Well done HMIC….You keep doing the nation proud. I and the very good Nigerian and very well proud of you..
    God bless you more and more. Give you the strength to keep pushing Nigeria to greater heights and beyond.
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all.

    • dele20

      Amen oooo

    • woman leader1

      A very big amen to that prayer

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  • daygea

    Kudos to HMIC for a job well done. You are making the nation proud.

    • As always

    • dele20

      HMIC is doing great job

    • man leader

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  • progressive

    This is a great testimony for the nation as a whole it shows that buhari lead administration is leading by example we’ve never experienced such things during Jonathan era

    • dele20

      Sincerely this competent PMB’s led government is incomparable to the clueless previous administration

  • Night Crawler

    This shows his been recognized by UN for a job well done, the sky is your limit

    • dele20

      Yes oooo, HMIC is unrelenting and unstoppablely doing more good work

  • progressive

    The naysayers must be bitten their fingers as at now with the breaking news that was been published when they heard that lai Mohammed have been given a position as a vice president as the world tourism.

    • dele20

      The naysayers are now feeling sad and gnashing teeth in agony

    • man leader

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  • progressive

    The reward of Hard work will surely lead the success I mean by common sense

  • progressive

    Where are the wailing wailers they have gone into hiding

    • dele20

      The wailers are mute and completely speechless

  • progressive

    The naysayers knows that they have nothing to comment they will never believe such position it shows that lai Mohammed is a man of integrity

    • dele20

      Our minister for information is still the best among the ministers

    • man leader

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  • Night Crawler

    Congratulations to Alh Lai Mohammed, this is a welcome development and it will help boost culture and tourism in the country

    • dele20

      Of course yes, Nigeria is getting there

    • man leader

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  • The HMIC will keep progressing. Congratulations sir, more achievements awaits you.

    • dele20

      Yes oooo, our competent minister Lai Muhammad always make we Nigerians happy, he is the voice of the masses

    • woman leader1

      Amen

    • man leader

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  • This shows our progressive this government is, it show that the HMIC is performing his duties tirelessly. Internationally recognized, what does the naysayers have to say?!!!

    • dele20

      HMIC is always unrelenting at his good work

      • woman leader1

        Very true

    • woman leader1

      HMIC is always doing his work perfectly well

    • front man

      Very true

    • man leader

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  • NaijaMindOfChange

    Hardwork pay..kudos sir

    • man leader

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  • dele20

    Big kudos to our minister for information ” Alhaji Lai Muhammad “

    • woman leader1

      Yes ooo

  • woman leader1

    Well done HMIC for the great work you are doing, may God continue to strengthen you.

    • front man

      Amen

    • stackCrawler

      Nasoo

  • woman leader1

    No doubt, the information minster will continue to progress because he his doing the best

    • stackCrawler

      I agree

  • woman leader1

    The haters and enemy of progress will soon come here to say nonsense as usual, the like of Marko, edu moron, field_marshal, Victor and co.
    You all will be disgrace at last.

    • stackCrawler

      Surely

  • dpfrank

    The honourable minister of information and culture is making Nigeria proud in and out of the country, may God give you more knowledge to keep doing your best and promoting thethe good image of Nigeria

    • stackCrawler

      Well said

    • thusspokez

      Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
      You are an impersonator and fraud!!

  • front man

    May God continue to bless you sir for always doing your Best

    • stackCrawler

      That’s the prayer

    • thusspokez

      Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
      You are an impersonator!!

  • front man

    We really need to appreciate a working minister of our time

    • Sincere-Voice

      I agree

      • emmanuel

        You don kolo, so tay you dey respond to yourself? Aro, Yaba left or Uselu straight.

    • stackCrawler

      Gbam; we stand with HMIC all the way

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o
      You are correct

      • thusspokez

        Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
        You are an impersonator and fraud!!

    • thusspokez

      Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
      Fake poster!

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Wow! Women leader 1 and her gang have corrupted this comment thread. PT please look into this sham and please dont let your comments section be soiled by these type of antic – this is effectively ‘rigging comments’.

    • dpfrank

      Unreasonable comment

      • stackCrawler

        Naso

      • thusspokez

        Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
        You are an impersonator and fraud!

      • man leader

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        dele20; front- man; dpfrank; stackCrawler; woman leader1; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; progressive; daygea; SpeakOut; MadeOfMore .
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    • stackCrawler

      Sharrap

      • man leader

        PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities:
        dele20; front- man; dpfrank; stackCrawler; woman leader1; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; progressive; daygea; SpeakOut; MadeOfMore .
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  • thusspokez

    The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on Wednesday elected Nigeria as Vice President, Africa at its ongoing 22nd General Assembly in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of Southwest China.

    Chineke! Our own Lai is now Vice President of UN? But he specialises in APC propaganda. How come?

    Anyway, Mr Mohammed, you are now on the world stage-o! No more rubbish propaganda. Expect 30-50 proper journalists and cameramen from across the world to come to your Vice president press conferences and ask you serious questions. So no Nigerian grammar like “tele-guide”. And no requesting for multi-million dollar load from the UNWTO.

    • dpfrank

      You will be put to shame by his excellent performance.
      Am happy that those who elected him saw the good quality of a man in him, not you haters in PDP.

      • thusspokez

        You don’t seem to understand how these UN elections work. UN do rotation; and it happens to be African and Nigerian’s turn. It has nothing to do with his merits or lack of it — he could well be a mumu and useless, but will still get the job.

        • Sincere-Voice

          That doesn’t take away the fact that the man has been working real hard to transform the tourism sector of the country. Celebrate others so that you too can be celebrated.

          • emmanuel

            He say make we use masquerade replace automobile Assembly, na im be hard work?
            Can you compare coral beads to plastic beads?
            Liar is not it jare, even small children sef know who be Liar for Naija. You are not savvy enough to launder his very dirty and cheap image. The man has done so much disservice to himself

          • Sincere-Voice

            Amen

      • Olatubosun

        Ameen

        • thusspokez

          Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
          You are an impersonator!

      • thusspokez

        Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
        You are a fraud poster!!

      • man leader

        PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities:
        dele20; front- man; dpfrank; stackCrawler; woman leader1; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; progressive; daygea; SpeakOut; MadeOfMore .
        It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish It.

    • Sincere-Voice

      Stop this rubbish and start making sense.

      • emmanuel

        You have solely used over eleven monikers here, just to praise a rotten egg for its foul smell, before the shell was collected by an artist to do some creative art work.
        Shame to an unintelligent nitwit.
        You only come out to talk about HMIC. Typical of the lacklustre Kwara public job from Saraki to Liar, to Bolahi Abdulahhi, to Abdulfattah and you.

        • Sincere-Voice

          Hummm…… I am from kwara and you are from Britain.
          Lol…. You need urgent help

      • Olatubosun

        Don’t mind him…..
        He does not reason

        • thusspokez

          Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
          You are a fraud poster!

      • man leader

        PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities:

        dele20; front- man; dpfrank; stackCrawler; woman leader1; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; progressive; daygea; SpeakOut; MadeOfMore .

        It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish. It e

    • Olatubosun

      We are very proud of our minister of information

      • thusspokez

        Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
        You are a fraud!!

    • Olatubosun

      You have no sense

      • thusspokez

        Call yourself [1] front man or [2] Olatubosun or [3] dpfrank
        You are a fraud!

      • man leader

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  • THEARGUMENTATOR

    Congratulations Nigeria and congratulations HMIC. Keep moving Nigeria forward and let the lost name and glory be renewed. God bless Nigeria

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o, our honorable minister of information is working hard

  • Sincere-Voice

    This is a cheering news. Congratulations to the honourable minister.

    • emmanuel

      You used eighteen monikers already. The ritual wen you do for your Yahoo plus and Ghana burger dey worri you silly. Make you confess, if not na Bar beach side your people go come carry you go Yaba Left for treatment

      • Sincere-Voice

        Lol…..
        Help would soon reach you.

        • man leader

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    • stackCrawler

      Surely

    • Olatubosun

      Correct

      • man leader

        PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities: dele20; front- man; woman leader1; dpfrank; stackCrawler; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; . It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish IT. one

    • man leader

      PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities: dele20; front- man; woman leader1; dpfrank; stackCrawler; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; . It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish IT.

  • Olatubosun

    Congratulations to our honorable minister of information

    • man leader

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    • stackCrawler

      That’s the way

  • thusspokez


    Warning: Impersonation Alert!!!

    Having analysed the patten of comments of the following posters:

    [1] front man
    [2] Olatubosun
    [3] dpfrank

    I can conclude that these aliases belongs to just one fraud poster pretending to be different people.

    • emmanuel

      Sorry, he use seventeen monikers here alone. a cheap and classless hired hand

  • man leader

    PS NOTE: APC e-rat shamelessly present with these identities:

    dele20; front- man; dpfrank; stackCrawler; woman leader1; Sincere-Voice; Olatubosun; progressive; daygea; SpeakOut; MadeOfMore .

    It advocates garbage. Liar Mohamed pays with our tax money! We’ll rubbish. It