FTAN inaugurate FCT zonal exco
President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) Nkereuwem Onung has formally inaugurated a six-man team to steer the affairs of FTAN in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) zone for the next two years.
Onung, who described the FCT zonal council as very strategic to the association, said he believes that the zonal council will help to strengthen the existing relationship between FTAN and the government, especially the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the FCT Administration (FCTA).
The six-team are: Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed (Chairman) HATMAN, Owolabi Shaheed (Vice Chairman) NATOP, Amos Opoola (Treasurer) HATMAN, Nma Jennifer (Secretary) NANTA, Ekong Onofiok Jnr. (Membership Secretary) HOFA, Glory Okon (PRO) ANJET.
He, however, appealed to the new officers to be humble in relating with the other members of FTAN, especially the President of the Associations, stakeholders and National secretariat, as there is no reason for conflict.
The President also urged the FCT team to take an urgent step to meet with the FCTA and ensure that the FTAN pet project, Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum (NTIFE) is on course. He also disclosed that the Federation will soon meet with the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Muhammed to discuss Tourism development in Nigeria as well as the issue of palliative to the members in travel and hospitality industry.
Commenting on the hosting of the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) next year, Onung said there is need for the Federal Government to meet with the private sector to discuss various issues including what is expected of Nigeria as the host in order for the conference to have a positive impact on tourism.
“Tourism is the hanging fruit for Nigeria’s economy today, oil has gone, there is nothing we don’t have in terms of Tourism assets in our country. This is why every year FTAN will honour Nigerians who contribute to the growth of the Tourism Industry.
But we begin with NCAC Director General Otunba Olusegun Runsewe for what he has done and still doing for FTAN, Culture and Tourism in Nigeria.”