The former Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Nigeria, Lai Mohammed, has been appointed as special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Zurab Pololikashvili.

Lai Mohammed’s appointment was revealed during the opening session of the 66th UNWTO Commission for Africa in Mauritius.

He brings wealth of knowledge and experience to his new task haven consistently played instrumental roles in the affairs of the world tourism body for the past seven years.

Mohammed would focus on advancing the agenda for Africa programme, aiming to boost Africa’s prominence in the global tourism economy.

After accepting the new position, Mohammed said, “I stand before you, deeply touched and inspired by your generous words of confidence and trust.

“With so much gratitude for the confidence placed in me by the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Mr Zurab Pololikashivili, and with an unswerving resolve to honour that trust, I humbly accept the appointment as the Special Advisor on Tourism to the Secretary General of this great Organisation.

“This would mark the first time that I would be attending a function of the UNWTO as a private individual, having for the past seven years, served as the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I wish to extend my deepest respect and appreciation to all the leaders of the member states, particularly those from the Africa region; for their support and friendship.”

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