NTDC seeks digitisation of local artefacts and heritage

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has called for digitisation of the nations local artefacts and heritage.

Mr Folorunsho Coker, Director General of the corporation said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He said this would assist custodians towards its preservation for posterity, provide easy access and create more awareness on such assets to further boost tourism industry.

“A very good video of a tourism site as it is today could be what five generation will know about; a cave or waterfall.

“Take very good photographs and videos; put it on the internet and let people see.’’

The NTDC boss also stressed the importance of maintaining and managing the local heritages for historical facts as well as giving factual reportage of events.

Coker also enjoined Nigerians to eschew negative reports that would diminish the good image of the country and concentrate on projecting the good deeds and rich culture of the country.

On the issues of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA), the NTDC boss said it would provide a standard statistical framework and tool for the economic measurement of the contribution tourism was making in the country.

“We have paid for it, it is a process of aggregating information in terms of research to identify what exactly we have and what we need to measurable and the process primarily resides in the Ministry of Information and Culture, but the implementation will be from NTDC.

“It requires data from immigration, financial services, other government department to create a system that will aggregate the information that tells you what you are doing right, or need to change.’’

He, therefore reiterated the commitment of the corporation towards promoting the tourism industry to enable it become one of the highest generating sector in Nigeria’s economy in line with international standard. (NAN)

– Nov. 28, 2018 @ 16:12 GMT |