The minister of state for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the director general of the National Council for Art and Culture, NCAC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe and the director general of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, Folarin Coker are among the dignitaries expected to grace the Annual General Meeting, AGM of the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies, NANTA on the 27th of March at the Muson Centre in Lagos.
Also expected at the AGM are the Ooni of Ife, His Majesty Oba Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, former Speaker Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi and other industry stakeholders.
Speaking at the pre AGM press briefing in Lagos, the president of NANTA, Bankole Bernard said the Association is working to make the 43rd AGM a memorable event.
Bernard stated that if Ethiopia is surviving through aviation, there is no reason Nigeria will not survive using aviation too.
He noted that AGM with the theme: Developing strategic policy for the development and growth of travel and tourism industry in Nigeria is aimed at taking NANTA to the next level.
He said NANTA held its 2018 AGM in Port- Harcourt as a way of rotating their events and also to expose travel and tourism potential in that zone.
He listed the partners in the AGM to include, Arik Air, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways, RwandAir, Sabre, Galileo, UBA, Leadway Assurance, ASA Mansard Insurance among others.
Speaking also, the chairperson of the AGM planning committee, Mrs Susan Akporaye said the AGM which is non elective is aimed at taken the body to the next level in line with with the federal government Next Level agenda.
She stressed the need to let the government see the potential in tourism and travel sector in Nigeria.
Akporaye said there will an awareness walk for the AGM on the 26th in Lagos.