The presidency through Mr. Femi Adeshina, the Special Adviser on Media to President Muhammadu Buhari has thumbed up initiatives by the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) to rid the travel trade business of corrupt practitioners.
The agency who revealed this in a statement issued by the Head media unit, Mr. Frank Meke made available to journalists quoted the president’s spokesman as saying that the federal government will partner with NANTA to create the necessary enabling environment to drive the down-stream of the aviation sector as major player to the sustainable economic and social development of Nigeria.
He said the Chairman, Board of Directors of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Ndoma Egba has promised to chair and present the lead paper at the 42nd Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), slated for Port-Harcourt in March.
According to him, Senator Ndoma Egba who received NANTA president Bankole Bernard and his entourage at NDDC head office in Port-Harcourt last week, promised not only to attend the conference with a theme “symbiotic relationship of Aviation and Tourism – A key to economic sustainability” but also partner with NANTA to drive rural cultural tourism in the Niger Delta areas.
“He expressed immense joy and happiness at NANTA visit and acknowledged that NDDC has the mandate to grow rural tourism and help change the ugly narratives of Niger delta people whose history, and disposition to hospitality had been distorted through many years of unexplainable restiveness and economic dislocation.
“He called on NANTA president to come back with proposals on how NDDC can partner with NANTA to open up Niger delta rural areas to tourism economy.”
Earlier, NANTA president, Bankole Bernard lauded the NDDC chairman over the notable strides at NDDC since he became chairman and invited him to share his experience with NANTA members during their conference to be held in Port-Harcourt in March.
According to NANTA president, Senator Egba apart from been found worthy to share his tourism thoughts with top grade aviators, ministers and destination managers, will also join in unveiling NANTA’s anti- corruption and fraud bursting practitioner identification card.
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