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NTDC Staff Laud Mbanefo’s Efforts And Programmes

NTDC Staff Laud Mbanefo’s Efforts And Programmes

MEMBERS of staff of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) have described the Director-General of the corporation, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, as God-sent to the nation’s tourism industry and the corporation.

This was following the staff retreat held recently with office shut down for two days, which according to the staff of the corporation, was an eye-opener to the progressive strides of Mbanefo since she resumed office in May 2013.

Many of the staff opined openly Mbanefo and staff jubilatingthat “it is an undeniable fact that it has been long NTDC held a retreat. We’ve never held one for the past seven years. Even, the acting Director Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS), Mrs. Angelina Garba, noted while replying a question on the delay in holding a staff retreat during the two-day retreat that the corporation never had a retreat for the past seven years that she had joined the corporation.

“The retreat also enabled us to know the unimaginable wide gap between the capital coming to the corporation during the past administration and this administration. The current capital is very low.”

It was reliably gathered that staff of the corporation were amazed and full of joy over her love and care for staff.

A staff of the corporation, Abdulahi said: “I really appreciate the Sally Mbanefo-led administration for maximally exploring public/private partnership in the interest of the Nigeria’s tourism industry and the corporation. I will not be exaggerating to say that all NTDC staff now appreciate and commend her unprecedented progressive efforts at practically developing Nigeria’s tourism industry and giving a befitting welfare package for the staff.”

Another staff, Mohammed said: “The welfare package of staff of this corporation was very poor. Wallahi, Mbanefo is a God-sent. May God bless Sally Mbanefo for her good heart and progressive vision for NTDC and Nigeria’s tourism industry. With Mbanefo as the DG of NTDC, Nigeria tourism will witness unprecedented rapid growth, as she is practical. Her achievements are not cosmetic or mere media hype.

“She is like a mother. She listens to all our problems and offers practical solutions and even willing to discomfort herself for staff comfort. For example, Board gave approval for the only car approved by the Ministry of Finance in the budget for her to buy an official car for herself after one year of using her personal car. Yet she donated the budget for the official car for a bus to improve staff welfare, in addition to the four from various private sector institutions who donated four buses at no cost to NTDC for staff welfare.”

The staff of the corporation were happy with her plans for staff welfare and capacity building through private/public partnerships with other agencies, such as SURE-P and National Planning, among others and private sector.

A level 11 officer of the corporation, corroborating many other staff said: “The fact is that we were not well informed about the agenda and efforts of the DG, and the financial status of the corporation until during the retreat when the Finance Department gave us the details of the financial status of the corporation. May God continually bless Mbanefo.”

Mbanefo during the retreat reaffirmed her commitment to promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria and developing one tourist site in each geo-political zones in the country.

She described members of staff of the corporation as the core stakeholders in the Nigeria’s tourism industry, pointing out that neglect of the staff was why the nation’s tourism master plan never worked.

“Why all the tourism master plans we have been having in the country did not work is that they abandoned the staff, and pay no or less attention to the welfare of the staff, that are going to drive the Master Plan project, direct the strategic imperative of the organization,” she decried.

“Staff of the NTDC, the implementers of the corporation’s strategic imperatives, are the core stakeholders in the industry, hence, they must be well equipped and practically made ambassadors of the Nigeria’s tourism industry to drive development in the industry. We must feed the goose that lays the golden egg.

“As a result, capacity building and staff welfare are the priority on my agenda in repositioning the Nigeria’s tourism industry and promoting domestic tourism in the country. And this, I will execute to the letter.”

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FCC Lauds Mbanefo’s One Year In Office

FCC Lauds Mbanefo’s One Year In Office

THE Federal Character Commission (FCC) has described the activities of the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation as a progressive phenomenon, capable of practically promoting Nigerian tourism and creating wealth for the people at the grassroots in the country.

Making the commendation during the One-day Sensitisation Workshop for the Chief Executive Officers, Directors of Human Resources and Administrators of Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs), held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Auditorium, Ministry of Justice, Abuja Dr. Iboko Imo Iboko, a federal commissioner and panel chairman for the presentation of the NTDC DG added that the domestic tourism promotion and development initiative of Mbanefo led-administration was apt at this time.

Sally Mbanefo with FCC members“The activities of Sally Mbanefo within the first year in office clearly showed that she evidently understood the concept of tourism development and promotion with reference to development of economy and empowerment of the people of a nation.

“While her approach to achieving the domestic tourism development and promotion in Nigeria is apt, especially with the visit to traditional rulers, who are the custodian of our culture and heritage, domestic tourism promoters, tourist sites in the six geo-political zones in the country with the aim of knowing their state and developing one site per zone.

“I believe, without any reasonable doubt, with Sally Mbanefo’s giant stride at promoting domestic tourism, Nigeria would being to enjoy, in great measure, the enviable goodies of tourism, while a good number of jobs would have been created at local governments,” Iboko said.

Sally Mbanefo, earlier in her paper presentation titled, “Promoting Domestic Tourism: Tool for National Economic Development,” described budgetary allocation as the major problem face by the corporation, which according to her, if solved, will position the corporation to properly train its staff; regularly collaborate with the private sector operators in forging new ideas for the sector, and effectively market and promote Nigeria locally to boost domestic tourism.Sally Mbanefo delivering a speech

The NTDC boss who enjoined Nigerians to visit the over 7,000 tourist sites and patronise the 4,279 hotels in the country stressed that, “Nigeria must put in place, mechanism through which benefits can be derived from all departures. The NTDC is coming up with a recommendation to government on how domestic tourism can benefit from this.

“Tourism can help us achieve the Nigeria of our dreams, not only for the present but also for generations to come. Therefore, I am appealing to big businesses and individuals to adopt tourist sites and develop them as part of their contributions to the development of domestic tourism in Nigeria.”

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