July 5, 2022 7:21 pm

FTAN: Atuloma Makes Case For A Stand-alone Ministry Of Tourism
By Our Reporter

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Abia State on Tourism and Entertainment, Princess  Atuloma Onyekachi Jackie has called on the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN to be more assertive in championing and making a case for a stand-alone Ministry of Tourism in other to cushion it's current neglect. 
Princess Atuloma who made the call during the 24th Annual Meeting and General Election of FTAN held at Rockview Hotel (Royale) in Wuse Zone 2 Abuja, also stressed the need for ideas and strategies that will help implement and position Nigeria as a leading tourism destination in Africa.
She disclosed that the Abia State government under Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has performed creditably in the state tourism sector as he is taking concrete steps at uplifting and repositioning the tourism sector in the state.
She also assured of the state government preparedness to partner with relevant development agencies in other to harness the tourism potentials of the state. 
The Senior Special Assistant to the Abia State Governor on Tourism and Entertainment  while describing the theme of the this years AGM "Constitution Review As It Affects Tourism Development In Nigeria" as apt, further harped the need for more stringent policies that will help engender a robust internal and external relationship with FTAN and its member associations, public sector institutions, the larger tourism, travel trade industry and businesses in addition to impacting positively, digitally and differentially on FTAN's corporate administration and funding capabilities.  

Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, Mr Nkereuwem Onung while describing the FTAN as the umbrella body for tourism operators in the private sector, disclosed that the event would be a watershed in the annals of the federation as it is expected to usher in a new era for the federation and tourism development. 

Mr Onung further expressed delight at the prospect of the AGM bringing together various stakeholders and members of the federation to deliberate on it's affairs, periscope and chart a new course for Nigeria's tourism development.
He pointed out that a befitting tribute will be paid to Rabo, a renowned tourism operator who served as the president of the association  between July 2017 to April 16th, 2021

The event which featured the election of new executives, presentation of paper by the Guest Speaker, Mrs Chinenye Oragwu, attracted the presence of the Director General of NACA, Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, Chief Ikechi Uko, Mrs Bilikisu Abdul NATOP Chairman,  Members of FTAN across the federation among other notable personalities.

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