The managing director/chief executive officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, haslamented the neglect of the Nigeria’s tourism sector by governments at all levels.
Ozigbo revealed that this was demonstrated by the abysmal marketing of the sector by relevant ministries and agencies of government.
Speaking at a national tourism transport summit and expo in Abuja, yesterday, he advised the relevant ministries and agencies of government at the federal and state levels to spearhead the marketing of the tourism sector in Nigeria, saying doing so would help in leapfrogging the sector into a major revenue earner.
He said: ‘‘If well harnessed, the tourism sector, with its vast potential, could displace oil as the nation’s highest revenue earner.’’
Ozigbo, who was a panel discussant in one of the sessions of the event on “Marketing Destinations in Nigeria: What Role for the Transportation and Tourism Sectors”, stated that everywhere in the world, governments play the critical role of enablers and marketers of the tourism sector while the private sector acts as the driver.
According to him, with the kind of symbiotic relationship between the government and the private sector in the tourism business, the former should spearhead the marketing role while the latter drives the process.
He noted that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, for instance was expected to be the chief marketing officer of the tourism potential in the nation’s capital.
According to him, doing so would equipped the minister with the challenges in the sector and propel him to seek solutions with a view to boosting it.
He also explained that with the absence of a potent marketing of the tourism potential in the FCT, Transcorp Hotels Plc had gone out of the way to market and ensure that its customers are availed of the pleasure of visiting some tourism sites in the FCT.
“In Transcorp, we’re not only serving our customers, but selling the city. We’ve been putting together tourism destinations. Our job will be made easier when the government plays their role,” he said.
He also recalled the strides of a former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke in marketing the tourism potential of that state, which eventually etched the Obudu Resort and other sites in the state on the global map.
M/CEO, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Valentine Ozigbo; National President, (ITP/Chairman LOC, NTTS), Abiodun Odusanwwo and Gay Murray Bruce at the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo held yesterday in Abuja
L-r, Director, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Sam Agbi, representing the DG, (NCAC) Otunba Runsewe; DG/CEO, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) Mrs Chika Balogun and MD/CEO, Transcorp Hotel Plc, Valentine Ozigbo at the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo yesterday in Abuja.
L-r DG/CEO, National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) Mrs Chika Balogun; Director, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Sam Agbi, representing the DG, (NCAC) Otunba Runsewe; and MD/CEO, Transcorp Hotel Plc, Valentine Ozigbo at the National Tourism Transport Summit and Expo held yesterday
[VIDEO] Herdsmen Kill Bus Conductor In Lagos Over Cow’s Death
Persons identified as herdsmen have stabbed a bus conductor to death for killing a cow in Lagos.
This happened in the early hours of Monday and became public in a viral video from the scene of the accident.
According to one of the videos making rounds on social media platforms, the incident occurred at Mowo on the Lagos-Badagry Expressway, close to President Muhammadu Buhari Estate.
The commentator in the video said the bus conductor, who fled after the accident that led to the death of the cow, was killed close to a police checkpoint.
The driver, who was said to be heading to Badagry from Mile 12, was said to have fled as soon as he sensed danger.
This made the herdsmen go after the conductor of the bus with registration number: FKJ 756 XH.
JUST IN: Olukayode Ariwoola To Be To Sworn In As Acting CJN
Report has it that plans are underway to swear in Olukayode Ariwoola as a tentative replacement for the former CJN, Tanko Muhammad so as to leave no vacuum.
Ariwoola is the next highest-ranking justice of the supreme court and he is expected to take over in an acting capacity from Monday.
According to the procedure for the appointment of the CJN, the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) shortlists two or three most senior judges among the supreme court justices and sends their names to the National Judicial Council (NJC) which then selects one candidate and forwards it to the president before it goes to the Senate confirmation.
But to leave no vacuum, an acting CJN must be appointed.
ABOUT OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA
Ariwoola was born in Iseyin, Oyo State, on August 22, 1958. He had his primary education at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole, in his hometown between 1959 and 1967. He then moved to Muslim Modern School in the same town from 1968 to 1969 before graduating to Ansar-Ud-Deen high school, Saki area of Oyo, for secondary education.
He earned his law degree at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1980 and a year later he was called to the Nigeria bar and got enrolled as a solicitor and advocate of the supreme court.
He kicked off his career as a legal officer in the Oyo state ministry of justice and stayed in the role until he moved into private practice in 1988.
Ariwoola spent less than four years in private practice before he was whisked back into public service.
Between 1988 and July 1989, he was a counsel in-chambers of Ladosu Ladapo before moving to establish his own legal firm named “Olukayode Ariwoola & Co”. Three years later, he was called to the bench.
Ariwoola was back in public service by 1992 when he was appointed a judge of the superior court of record in Oyo.
He was named the chairman of the Oyo state armed robbery tribunal between May 1993 and September 1996.
In 2005, he then rose to the position of a justice of the court of appeal and he held the position before he was appointed a justice of the supreme court of Nigeria in 2011.
Ekweremadu: Immigration Dismisses Organ Donor’s Underage Claim
The Nigeria Immigration Service has stated that it followed due process in issuing a Nigerian passport to Mr. David Nwamini, who was allegedly trafficked to the United Kingdom for organ harvesting by former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
David had allegedly claimed to be a minor after he arrived in the UK where he was to donate his kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter.
However, photos of his Nigerian passport, making rounds on social media, showed his date of birth to be October 12, 2000, placing him at 21 years old.
Making comment on the controversy surrounding David’s age, Mr. Idris Jere, the Comptroller General of the NIS, at a press conference on Sunday, said Nwamini is indeed 21 according to his record in the possession of the NIS, discarding claims that the Service didn’t thoroughly vet the documents provided by the applicant.
Jere said, “The fact of the matter concerning the case above, therefore, is that Mr. David Ukpo Nwamini applied and paid for the e-passport using the NIS portal after which he approached the passport office in Gwagwalada, FCT Abuja, on November 2, 2021, for his interview.
“To support his application, Mr. Nwamini presented all necessary documents required including his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, showing October 12, 2000, as his date of birth; his National Identification Number, issued by NIMC corroborating the date of birth; a Certificate of Origin issued by Ebonyi State Government Liaison office in Abuja, and a guarantor’s form duly signed.
“NIS relies on documentation supplied by other agencies and we are not under any obligation to go to those agencies to verify those documents. What we do is that we look at the documents and applicants physically. Once that is done, we go ahead to process.”
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Bayelsa West, Mr. Seriake Dickson, has told Nigerians not to hastily pass judgment against Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice.
Dickson said this in a statement he issued on Sunday titled, ‘The Ekweremadu I know will not traffic an underage boy for organ harvesting.’
Dickson said, “I am sure from the beginning when this story broke that the Ekweremadu I know could not have taken an underage and underprivileged young man, smuggle him out to harvest organs for whatever purpose.
“The circumstances surrounding this will fully come to light in the cause of investigation.
Also reacting, the Ebonyi State Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Uchenna Orji, in Abakaliki, on Sunday urged the UK authorities to exercise caution in the investigation of circumstances leading to the arrest and eventual trial of the senator and his wife.
The statement read, “Ebonyi State Government is following up the turn of events and twists that followed the medical intention of the former Deputy Senate President’s family.
“While we urge the UK Government to act progressively and meticulously and critically look at the intention (Mens rea) and the minds of the detained family and please give them the benefit of the doubt, we enjoin the public, especially those with shades of opinions and surge of anxieties to remain calm as we hope to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“The state government is reaching out to the family of David Okemini Ukpo from Ebonyi State, whose information to the Metropolitan Authority of UK orchestrated the criminal charge against the senator and his wife. The state government stands with Senator Ike Ekweremadu at this trial moment and hopes that the truth and nothing but the truth shall guide the outcome of the matter.”
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