Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has commended the activities of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) toward national development.
Runsewe, in a statement on Monday, described the trade association as the most peaceful, impactful and hardworking industry trade group in the country.
He said that the 47-year-old industry association had kept its head, enthroned through effective succession plan devoid of bad blood and bitterness, which had led to the demise of other similar trade groups in the industry.
The NCAC director-general said that the association was the top flag bearer of the hope and expectations for Nigeria cultural tourism sector.
Runsewe said that he would host the association members and other stakeholders in the tourism, culture, arts, aviation and corporate world to a dinner soon.
“We cannot pretend that NANTA has not made us proud. Indeed, the association under the watch of Mrs Susan Akporiaye has kept us on our toes.”
“NANTA has reached out in the most strategic manner and connected to sharing the pictures of how government could join hands with the private sector players to serve Nigerians well.”
“Akporiaye and NANTA have made us proud and deserve to be appreciated and celebrated,” he said.
Runsewe paid glowing tributes to the founders of the association, urging other trade groups to eschew bickerings in their affairs.
He advised that they should remain focussed and find ways and means to navigate the process of inter-government and private sector relationships to the gains of the industry.
“I must also say I like what is coming out of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN).”
“Very soon, we at NCAC, will join hands with the leadership to have a more enduring and fruitful practical and beneficial relationship to the gains of the private sector,” he said.
The 47th elective Annual General Meeting of NANTA comes up in Kano by March with a critical trade gathering to shape the future of aviation and cultural tourism in Nigeria.
It will provide opportunities for the governments and the private sector organisations to showcase their services and products.