Africa: ‘AU Passport Will Boost Nigeria’s Tourism Sector’

Lagos — Nigeria’s tourism and hospitality industry might overtake oil sector by 2021 if the recently launched African Union (AU) passport is adopted by the country’s legislators,country manager of Jumia Travel Nigeria, Mr. Kushal Dutta, has said.

Dutta,who disclosed this in Lagos,also said the Pan-African passport would allow free movement of domestic tourists into the country.

He said the opportunities presented by the unified African passport supersede the threats, especially now that Nigeria’s mainstay which is oil might not be sufficient to grow the economy; if the country’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be achieved.

 He also noted that the reality of the dwindling oil prices as a result of the fall in foreign exchange is now being felt across all sectors and as such, many industry experts are daily brainstorming on diversification opportunities to prevent the country from going on recession.