Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of information, culture and tourism, has indicated his willingness to visit TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun, Lagos state, The Nation reports. He made the disclosure in Lagos, during a recent media briefing with newsmen on the coming United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s Committee for Africa (UNWTO-CAF) meeting scheduled to take place in Abuja.
NAIJ.com gathers that the minister indicated his willingness to visit the popular place of worship, in light of its position as the biggest tourist attraction to Nigeria. He stated: “Honestly speaking, I have no issues at all visiting Synagogue. This is why this particular conference is important; because it is dealing with data, statistics. You see, if 500 people come in every day to Synagogue Church, it means in a month, we have about 15,000 people. “The impact of 15,000 people on the economy of the Alimosho local government area monthly… You know when they come, which hotel will they stay? What will they eat? How do they go? Do they go outside the church? “You see, these are issues we need to study; but if you have one source that could sustain thousands of people on a regular basis to your country, it is very important. If they don’t go outside the church, the impact on the economy will be a bit less.
“We need to engage the proprietor. Tourism is not just sightseeing. We have medical tourism everywhere in the world. We have religious tourism. “Take Saudi Arabia for instance, where hundreds of thousands of people go from all over the world. But the biggest impact on the economy is that when you go to Saudi Arabia, if you have the money, you will buy goods and come back. “I want to encourage those who come in, even after receiving spiritual blessings, they should please spend their money so that the country can also benefit. But I think it is a good idea.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government pleaded with Prophet TB Joshua, founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, to reconsider his decision to relocate from Nigeria. The government, through the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said such move will not be in the best interest of the country.