2019 AGM: NATOP x- rays impact of culture, partnerships, governance on Nigeria tourism

By Franklin Ihejirika The impact of culture, partnerships and governance on Nigeria tourism development was the focus of the just concluded 2019 Nigerian Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ile Ife, Osun state with the aim of promoting co-operation and collarborations among the culture and tourism stakeholders. In view of the fact that the tourism industry lacks the culture of trust and partnerships, the theme of the AGM becomes apt to see the stakeholders collaborate and work together through partnerships that will help the industry…

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Runsewe re-brands Nigeria’s culture, tourism with new vision, engages stakeholders

By Franklin Ihejirika It has become expedient to re-brand the culture and tourism sector in Nigeria in order to shift from the total focus on oil as the major source of revenue to the government and diversify into areas like culture and tourism which other country’s are reaping from their huge benefits.  This has become the theme and major focus of the director general of the National Council for Art and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe who is leading this drive which its mandate is to re-position Nigeria on the…

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Job creation: The Ayade example as national template

By Hon. Martin Orim Four years in the life of a state means a lot. Eight years means much more. By 2023, Professor Ben Ayade would have steered the ship of Cross River for eight eventful years. Those eight years would be Cross River’s finest years. Eight years of Governor Ayade’s supridentence of our dear state would stand out in its life as the noblest, in the annals of its history. When his tour of duty ends in 2023,among elegant others,  job creation will be one of the soul-lifting legacies…

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Ibrahim Musa Goni: Great stride on nature conservation

By Frank Meke Ibrahim Musa Goni, Nigeria’s Chief Conservator General is an uncommon natural resources conservation evangelist. He barely engages in vain discussion, thus picks his words with deliberate caution whenever he does engage those who love to share is vision. His choice by President Muhammadu Buhari to revamp and restore the lost glory of Nigeria’s protected areas, rekindled the hope and prayers of conservation enthusiasts and observers that Nigeria may again show forth strength in the global quest to secure the earth and its abundant flora and fauna resources…

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Our new  terminals are cost effective, will open employment opportunities for Nigerians

Our new  terminals are cost effective, will open employment opportunities for Nigerians By Simon Nkeonyasuwa With ASKY starting operations from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Lufthansa set to commence from Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in no distant time, two of the four terminals  funded through  $500 million by the Chinese EximBank loan with counterpart funding of $100million from the Federal Republic of Nigeria are being put to use. When the Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3 in Accra, Ghana  was commissioned in September, a lot of Nigerians went…

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How Runsewe parachute culture into limelight

By Frank Meke Sometime in late 2017, few weeks after his glorious appointment by President Buhari as Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe had breezed into a hospital in Abuja to see a friend of mine and industry big wig who suddenly took ill and was near breathless. It was past 12 mid night and he had rushed to the hospital at my invitation and a call to save a soul. Though Otunba is not a medical doctor, he does have this profound ability…

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Alleged N1.4bn fraud: Non service of charge stall NBA president’s arraignment

The purported arraignment of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Paul Usoro, before a Federal High Court, Lagos, today, over alleged N1.4 billion fraud was stalled due to non service of the charge on him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had dragged the NBA president before Justice Sule Hasaan led-court on 10 counts charge that borders on conspiracy, unlawful conversion and  criminal breach of trust. At the resumed hearing of matter today, the EFCC lawyer, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court all…

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Redundancy: Bi-Courtney begins payment to affected workers, as picketing consumes Jari Williams

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos has commenced payment to the 30 affected workers who were disengaged following their decision to join the industry unions. This development is coming barely three months after the terminal was picketed by the aviation workers unions. Similarly, the picketing of the terminal for almost a week by the unions may have consumed Capt. Jari Williams, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as it was gathered that he and some top management staff had been removed by the the…

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NAFEST 2018: Every state a winner

The 31st edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture has come and gone but the positive national vibrations generated still lingers. Though about four states, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Delta came tops as overall winners, almost all the participating states had one award or another listed for them. It is strategic and the NCAC idea is to foster a sense of belonging, acceptability and encouragement to be the best in developing and sustaining the huge Nigerian cultural value chain, particularly those endemic to each region or people. This report…

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Akure airport records growth in passengers’ traffic

The Akure airport manager, Mrs Cecilia Oguama, said passengers’ traffic has tremendously improved with the commencement of flight by Air Peace following a partnership arrangement between the airline and the Ondo State government.  Mrs Oguama explained that before now, the airport recorded low traffic of about 20 passengers but was excited that passengers’ traffic has increased.  She said “it has increased tremendously, there was a time we were having ten, twenty but right now we are having passengers in thousands, and four thousand, five thousand per month” On the new…

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