Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture made it known at the Launch of Economic Value of Geospatial Services in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja. He said the use of digital technology particularly for mapping will boost tourism in the country.
He said; “As we look to make Nigeria a major tourism destination in Africa, technologies such as Google maps, but more specifically Street View put forward by Google will become increasingly important on that front. We hope to see even more value as increasing numbers of people use tools like Google Street view to explore Nigeria.”
The minister stated that “We know this because we have seen the impact that street view has had in destinations around Africa. In South Africa, for instance, people can take a guided tour of Robben Island, the prison which held Nelson Mandela and many other South African freedom fighters during apartheid.
“In Kenya, meanwhile, users can take virtual treks through some of the country’s most famous game reserves. And in Tanzania, people can get up close and personal with the chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, thanks to a partnership between Google and the Jane Goodall foundation.
He commended the initiative by Google that made searching for locations and gets real-time directions easier and more convenient for people. He said;”We look forward to growing this fruitful relationship for the past five years and what the next years will bring from Google.”