Mr Pelu Awofeso, a tourism-destination marketer in Lagos, on Thursday appealed to the Federal Government to train and recruit more tour guides for the country’s tourism sites and boost employment opportunity.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a tour guide provides assistance and information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage to people.
The tour guide also assists individual clients from educational establishments on organized tour of religious and historical sites, museums, and other venues of significant interests.
Awofeso told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the nation’s tourist sites required no fewer than 10,000 tour guides to harness their uniqueness and create more employment opportunities for the youth.
He said that more investors would be attracted into the sector when there were adequate tour guides to guide and enlighten tourists at sites.
“The required number can be realised if youths are trained in the art of becoming tour guides.
“The tour guides in the country at present are inadequate to explain the peculiarities and uniqueness of each site to visitors and tourists alike.’’
According to him, potential guides must be trained in the history, culture, arts, crafts and tradition of a peculiar people.
Awofeso said that would make it easy for the trained guides to transfer such knowledge to the tourists.
“We need the government to train tour guides as a way of providing job opportunities that will allow tourists know more about our sites.’’
He said that every state in the country was endowed with several tourist sites comprising of natural sceneries, culture, history, cuisine, wild life, crafts, monuments, and lakes.
“When tourists visit each of these endowments located within the country, tour guides are needed to educate them and to get them attracted to our nation.
“Before we can renovate our tourist sites and become attractive enough to woo the desired number of tourists and to function well, we must groom enough tour guides.
“In the 774 local government areas of the country, there are unemployed graduates who can be trained as tour guides at the grassroots level to reduce crime rate,” Awofeso said.
By Taiye Baiyerohi