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07th July, 2017.

FTAN Elects New Executives

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), the umbrella body for private sector tourism business practitioners in Nigeria, has elected new executives to pilot the affairs of the body for the next two years.

The event held in Abuja recently saw Mr. Rabo Saleh Karim of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) emerge as the President of the association.

Other executive members elected include Mr. Nkereuwem Onung as the First National Deputy President; Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, Second National Deputy President, Chief Ayo Olumoko Vice President, South West; Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, Vice President, North East; Mrs. Ngozika Ngoka, Vice President South East; Mr. Badaki Aliyu, Vice President , FCT; Mr. John A. Adzer, Vice President, North Central; Mrs. Ime Udo, Membership Secretary (1); Mr. John-Likita M.Best; Mr. Emeka Anokwuru, Membership Secretary(3).

Other executive members include Mr. Okorie Uguru, First Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joseph Karim, Publicity Secretary (2).

In his goodwill message, the Chairman, FTAN Board of Trustee, Chief Samuel Alabi said the era of the Federal Government agency controlling or co-ordinating tourism has gone for good.

He spoke said excerpt there is a constitutional amendment to include tourism under the exclusive or concurrent list of the 1999 Constitution as amended, it will difficult for a federal agency to fully control tourism in the whole country.

He spoke further: "The fact that the Federal Attorney General is yet to apply section 215 of the 1999 Constitution of the heavily mutilated NTDC Act is still a surprise to me".

Alabi also commented on controversial NIHOTOUR bill: "During my time as the President of FTAN, I approached NIHOTOUR to provide an enabling environment for private sector driven certification body like CITN, ICAN, IPMN, NIPRP.

In fact, a draft bill was prepared but thereafter nothing was heard from NIHOTOUR end. I was shocked when I saw that the certification bill has been incorporated into the heavily castigated NIHOTOUR bill. I urge FTAN to play a leading role in this regard."

The former FTAN President, Chief Tomi Akingbogun, in his valedictory speech, said the association has expanded its membership base, some associations that has left the body, like National Association of Tour Operators, have returned back to the fold.

He also said FTAN during his tenure, worked closely with the public sector and has also created programme to promote investment in tourism, the annual NTIFE.

Alhaji Rabo Saleh Karim, in his acceptance speech, called for peace and greater unity among member associations. He said: "Going forward, we plead to every one of us to bury the hatchet and pro-actively lend your supporting hands, even as you constructively criticize us.

"We are not under any illusion of the enormous responsibilities you reposed on us here. Membership of FTAN exco is by no means a "time for tea break" or "a walk in the park".

We shall relentlessly work to ensure that government agencies and the broader private industries in Nigeria become actively aware of the activities and programmes of FTAN. More so, we would engage the government on ease of doing business in Nigeria drive to fully integrate templates that facilitate domestic and inbound tourism sectors in Nigeria."

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