Three thousand young Nigerians will receive crucial training in cultural tourism in China. The program is intended to reduce crime and unemployment while empowering youth to drive the Nigerian creative cultural tourist industry.
The exciting development was arranged by Otunba Segun Runsewe, director general of the National Council for Arts and Culture, NCAC, who is leading an African delegation to the International Culture Tourism Reform for Developing Nations conference organized by the Chinese government and Academic International for International Business Officials, AIBO.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the forum in Beijing, China, Runsewe—who also serves as President of the World Craft Council’s (WCC) Africa Region—explained that young Nigerians have access to training opportunities and exposures that go beyond the country’s solely cultural tourism industry to include technological advancements and innovations.
The meetings, according to Runsewe, were “strategic, successful, and eye-openers to how our youths can benefit from training by the Chinese who are ready to partner and support us to bring about three thousand young people from Nigeria at first to undergo diverse areas of training, in such areas as chip manufacturing and even on electrical car production.” Runsewe also said that “it will be a new beginning for us as a nation and for our young people as the collaboration.
Runsewe also revealed that the Chinese training offer would enroll roughly 100 young people in each state in the nation, which will benefit rural development and job creation while lowering crime and unemployment.
“I am thrilled about this chance for the youth of Nigeria. It is not a useless endeavor. We know the Chinese’s adherence to their pledges to our country. This is significant. We will develop plans to fulfill these objectives once we return to Nigeria, Runsewe said.
In his speech at the open conference on Public Cultural Reforms and Health Development for Developing countries, Runsewe advised all senior government officials to seriously consider cultural tourism concerns since it is the cornerstone of global peace and security.
There’s no getting around the reality that attractive settings draw people in because cleanliness is next to godliness, Runsewe said. No visitor wants to visit a location or destination with a dirty restroom. Thus care must be made to public restrooms if tourism is to flourish.