In preparation for its 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos on Wednesday March 27 at the Muson Centre, the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA) today, Tuesday organised an awareness walk for the AGM, tagged walk for travel/tourism.
The awareness walk took the NANTA members led by the president, Mr. Bankole Bernard, the chairman of Board of Trustees, Mr. Steve Isokarari and others on a road walk from the Lagos State House of Assembly to Allen roundabout and back to the entrance of House of Assembly again.
Speaking shortly after the walk, NANTA president said the exercise by the members apart from creating awareness for the AGM at the Muson Centre in Lagos is also aimed at creating awareness on the activities of the association and the need to sensitise the public to always patronise registered members of the association.
He said NANTA is embarking on the issuance of the Nigeria Travel Practitioners Identity Card to eliminate fraudsters from the industry who pose as travel agents to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
He stated that ID card has become necessary to rid the industry of fraudsters who are giving the country a bad image.
While welcoming the members from all the zones of NANTA to the State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja, the chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Justice, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Taofeek Olatunde Braimoh who was accompanied by Hon. Segun Olulade commended NANTA president and the association for taking the initiative to draw awareness to their activities and professionalism.
Braimoh noted that what NANTA is doing is not even about the association, but about 170 to 180 million Nigerians who have fallen prey to unscrupulous and very mischievous charlatans who masquerade themselves as travel agents.
While wishing NANTA a very robust and successful Annual General Meeting, the Lawmaker appealed to the body not to rest on their oars nor to relent until things become better and Nigerians become aware of the need to patronise registered travel agencies.
He stressed the need for NANTA to collaborate with the House to attain professional status by making the body a chattered association.
According to him: “We need to collaborate, It is not too difficult for you to get your association to be a chattered body, work on it, we will cooperate with you to achievement that, if is what we cannot do, we can collaborate with the National Assembly to achieve that, is part of our duty, in any way and capacity we can cooperate with you”.