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18th AKWAABA: NIHOTOUR showcases  Nigerian cuisines for global acceptance



The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), on Sunday showcased

cuisines from different ethnic groups in Nigeria at the opening ceremony of the 18th AKWAABA Africa Travel Market, in Lagos.

The cuisines exhibited were amala, ewedu, ofe- owerri, ofada rice, roasted plantain, tuwo shinkafa, abacha as well as local snacks and drinks like zobo, fura-de-nunu, ginger drink, kunu, palm wine among others.

The opening ceremony of the tourism expo held at the Wave Beach, Lekki, had in attendance the Sierra Leone Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt, tour operators and travel agents across  African countries.

Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, Director-General, NIHOTOUR, said the essence of the exhibition was to ensure Africans are  conversant with Nigerian cuisines.

Kangiwa noted that AKWAABA was  a viable platform through which the nation’s cuisines could be projected and marketed  for global acceptance.

He said the nation was well endowed with nutritious, medicinal and delicious cuisines which a lot of people did not know.

“This year’s edition of AKWAABA, we in NIHOTOUR have tried to explore the platform to showcase our cuisines.

“We want the world to know how rich Nigerian cuisines are in terms of nutrition, medicinal properties and more.

“We are proud to be associated with AKWAABA, an expo with the most successful MICE event in Africa and we congratulate Mr Ikechi Uko for the 18th edition of the expo,” he said.

Also, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), urged international participants to leverage  the enormous tourism and cultural potential in Lagos State and Nigeria in gemeral.

He said the Federal Government had enacted the ease of doing business policy and that the Lagos State Government had also invested in creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

He noted that these commitment from the federal government and the state government would help to boost tourism businesses.

The 18th AKWAABA Africa Travel and Tourism Market holds from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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