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Newly elected executives of FTAN paid a courtesy call to<br />National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe.

The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has assured the newly elected executives of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) of greater cooperation to move the association to higher heights.
  
He gave the assurance in Abuja when the newly elected executives of FTAN paid him a courtesy call in his office.
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Runsewe, who felt highly honoured by the visit, which he described as timely, said NCAC was a dependable ally in the move to change the narratives in the arts and culture sector.

“Culture and tourism are inseparable. They are like Siamese twins, but people are yet to really understand this relationship which can be likened to production and marketing outfits where culture produces the content while tourism markets sustain the system,” he said.
  
The director-general decried the high level of insecurity in the country and advised the government to partner with FTAN in the area of monitoring and screening of hotels, which often serve as hiding places for criminal elements in the society. He reiterated the need for a higher level of participation by stakeholders and practitioners in the arts and culture sector “which is the highest employer of labour.”

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He assured the executives of FTAN that NCAC would allocate office space for the federation when the NCAC cultural village becomes fully operational.
  
In his address, the President of PTAN, Mr. Nkerewem Onung said the new executives were in the council to appreciate the director-general for the fatherly and advisory roles he played before and after the election which produced the new officials at the 2021 annual general meeting. He also said the visit was to strengthen the already existing relationship between the government and the private investors in the culture and tourism sector.
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Onung, who congratulated Runsewe on his reappointment as the DG of NCAC by President Muhammadu Buhari, described him as a statesman, patriotic Nigerian, and an icon in the culture and tourism sector whose role has changed the narratives since his assumption of office.

FTAN was initiated in 1997 as the umbrella body for all tourism associations in Nigeria and stands as spokesman for the private investors in the sector.

The first vice president of the federation, Badaki Aliu, who appreciated the director-general for the high level of hospitality accorded them, expressed optimism that the newly elected executives would increase their level of partnership with the council to achieve the aims and objectives of FTAN.

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