By Jonathan Ugbal
Former Cross River Governor, Mr. Donald Duke is billed to deliver a lecture on tourism as part of activities scheduled for the 33rd convocation ceremony of the University of Calabar (UNICAL).
Mr. Duke is known for his strides in the tourism sector in Cross River State where he ruled from 1999 to 2007.
And on Friday, May 11, 2018, Mr. Duke will deliver the convocation lecture titled “Tourism in National Development” at the UNICAL international conference center a statement from the Varsity’s management said.
There have been efforts to position the tourism sector in Nigeria to contribute more to the country’s Gross Domestic Product by government at all levels.
But, challenges of corruption, funding, weak policy frameworks and implementation systems have been identified as key problems in different tourism fora.
And, Mr. Duke who bagged a honorary doctorate degree in law from the same institution two years ago is expected to share his experience while developing the tourism sector in the state as well as proffering solutions to tackle the myriad of challenges plaguing the sector.
The lecture will be preceded by an inspection and commissioning of projects embarked upon by the administration of Professor Zana Akpagu as Vice Chancellor of the institution.
The convocation week will begin on Wednesday, May 9 with a press conference where the Varsity’s management will announce the number of those to be awarded first degrees, diplomas, higher degrees, honorary doctorate degrees and presentation of prizes.
An interdenominational service will hold on Thursday, May 10 at the conference center while a command performance and cocktail will precede the actual convocation on Friday at the Chinua Achebe arts theater by 6:00PM.
The convocation is slated for 10:00AM on Saturday, May 12 at the Abraham Ordia stadium in the institution.
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