Nigeria: Niger Targets Increased IGR From Tourism

Minna — In its effort to look for more ways of generating revenue internally, the Niger State Government has concluded plans to turnaround the Gurara Water Falls, Shiroro Beach and Shagunu Beach to attract tourism.

The Niger State Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Rifkatu Adamu Chidawa, disclosed that a South African investor had indicated interest for their development through a Public Private-Partnership (PPP) and under Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

Mrs. Chidawa said a consultant would give the model for Gurara Falls and that extra 10,000 hectares had been acquired around the falls with payment of compensation to affected communities to start as soon as the list compilation ended.

The commissioner explained that a rail line had been constructed to enhanced easy movement and safety of visitors and that recreational centres would be created, with a proposal for a zoo.

She also hinted that a consultant was working on the beautification of the Shagunu Tourism Site which she described as "a finger on the Niger", adding that a road had been constructed to ease movement and electricity and bill boards had been installed.

She added that divers had been employed at the Shiroro Beach for rescue operation in case of accidents.

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