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2015 World Tourism Day: Tourism is the greatest employer of labour – Mbanefo

2015 World Tourism Day: Tourism is the greatest employer of labour – Mbanefo

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, has described tourism as the greatest employer of labour.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, flanked by the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo (right) and the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation, Professor Parck Lays-Anyakoroma, during the 2015 World Tourism Day, celebrated in Enugu on Sunday.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, flanked by the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo (right) and the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation, Professor Parck Lays-Anyakoroma, during the 2015 World Tourism Day, celebrated in Enugu on Sunday.

Mbanefo who said this during the 2015 World Tourism Day, with the theme, “1 Billion Tourists, 1 Billion Opportunities,” and held in Enugu State, underscored the role  of  the tourism  sector  as  a  valuable  and sustainable  source  of  livelihood  for  millions  of  people.

She said, the corporation under her administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure practical development and promotion of domestic tourism, which according to her, will propel job creation, develop the nation’s economy, and raise social awareness on cultural preservation and environment protection.

Her words: “Nigeria has a better advantage over so many other countries to benefit from tourism. We have the advantage of population. Tourism contributes 10 per cent to the global GDP but as at now, Nigeria is not fully benefiting from tourism like other countries. For instance, 4,333,000 tourists visited Nigeria in 2013, which contributed about four per cent to our GDP, while tourism contributes 17.7 per cent to the GDP of Gambia; 13 per cent to Egypt; 12 per cent to Kenya; 11.9 per cent to Mexico; 9 per cent to South Africa, and six per cent to Cuba.

“We need to know that Nigeria should focus more on tourism as the best alternative to oil, with domestic tourism as the catalyst.

“I need to emphasise that Nigeria has the best of the ingredient of tourism. We have fascinating tourist sites, enviable cultural festivals, good weather, good and hospitable people. Have you ever wondered why most diplomats, after serving their terms chose to stay back in Nigeria? It is because of the warmth and friendliness of our people, environment and potentials.”Pix 2

Mbanefo, who emphasised that the potential of tourism in Nigeria is N4billion prayed that government should take privatisation to the next level, which according to her will further facilitate an enabling environment for tourism to thrive in Nigeria.

The NTDC boss lauded the Enugu State government for making tourism alive in the state, while describing the state as a hub of eco-tourism.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs Nkechi Ejele, described tourism as the way forward for Nigeria.

She noted that the ministry is, on a daily basis, intensifying efforts at ensuring the money spinning sector is well developed and promoted in Nigeria, to ensure Nigerians, among the people of other countries, maximally benefit from the potentials of tourism.Pix 3

The Group Managing Director, Viko Nigeria Group of Companies Limited, Mr Lucky Kanu, in his speech expressed the readiness of his company to further support NTDC in promoting domestic tourism, thereby creating more jobs and wealth in Nigeria.

“Our partnership with NTDC could be best described as demonstration of a successful practice of public private partnership in Nigeria, as the partnership has yielded opening of information desks in about six states in Nigeria, while we are working on a new project that will create over 500,000 jobs for the youth in every state of Nigeria,” Kanu said.

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NTDC AUTHENTICATES AOKPE PILGRIMAGE CENTRE, BENUE

NTDC AUTHENTICATES AOKPE PILGRIMAGE CENTRE, BENUE

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Uwechue Mbanefo, said Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre is one of the many religious sites in Nigeria that needs to be promoted within and outside the country. She noted that NTDC in line with its statutory mandate recognises and identifies Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre as a religious tourism site worthy of recognition and onward publicity on the corporation’s website to attract more foreign pilgrims all over the globe.

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Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, delivering her speech at the authentication of Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre, Benue State.

“This will form part of religious tourism like the Winners’ Shiloh and Redeemed Church convention which hold every December in Ota and Lagos respectively. In view of the importance of this site to the good people of Benue State, Aokpe community and Nigeria at large, I hereby approve and authenticate Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre as religious tourism site under the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act which encourages religious tourism in Nigeria,” she added.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has promised to support the Aokpe Prilgrimage Centre, near Ugbokolo.

He spoke at the 21st anniversary of the centre at the Our Lady of Aokpe Mediatrix of All Ages.

Ortom, who was represented by Director of Tourism, Mrs Dooter Ajoko, reiterated his administration’s commitment to promote  tourism, saying that the government takes pilgrimage seriously and has spent much on sponsoring people on pilgrimage.

He said tourism is a big money spinner which can boost the economic fortunes of a country.

From right, Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo; the visionary, Christiana Christiana Inebu Agbo, and Benue State Tourism Director, Mrs Dooter Ajoko.

From right, Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo; the visionary, Christiana Christiana Inebu Agbo, and Benue State Tourism Director, Mrs Dooter Ajoko.

He said indices abound of what countries such as Kenya, Gambia, Bahamas and cities like Calabar benefit from their investment in tourism.

He stressed that time had come for a diversification of the economy from the mono-oil economy to a multi-economy and that tourism is one of the preferred sectors.

“The Aokpe apparition ground has become a prominent religious tourist site/destination that deserves international attention and which I believe the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation would project considering its significance as a pilgrimage centre. The importance of pilgrimage to Christianity and Islamic religion cannot be over-emphaised. If you consider the volume of pilgrims who troop to Mecca, Jerusalem and Rome for pilgrimage viz-a-viz the monetary value on the economy, and you imagine that replicated here in Aopke, not only would the rural economy get a boost but the state and country at large would benefit from the multiplier effects of these,” he said.

Ortom stressed that as soon as the pilgrimage centre is authenticated, some of the pilgrims would come and perform their religious duties at Aopke, noting that government is very willing and ready to provide the necessary enabling environment for the realisation of authentication of Aokpe as a pilgrimage centre.

Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Mr Sekav Dzua Iyortyom recalled that 20 years ago, the story of apparition in Aokpe of mother Mary started and her consistent appearance to Christiana Inebu Agbo.  He noted that there were apparitions in Mexico, France, Portugal, Egypt and Rwanda but that ‘our own joy today is that we are also recognised by nature to see with our own eyes what we used to hear.’

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, with the Benue State Cultural Troupe.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, with the Benue State Cultural Troupe.

“Today, as Aokpe comes on the Nigerian Tourism map, we should expect that the world would also come here to our door step just as we go to Israel and Mecca for pilgrimage. God in His infinite mercy has provided us what we have been praying for, it is now left for us to sustain it,” he added.

Mrs. Ajoko assured that the government was determined to develop tourism as income from oil has continued to dwindle. She said tourism is one of the priority areas the new administration is given attention to generate income alongside agriculture, entrepreneurship development and creating enabling environment for industry to strive.

She said Aokpe is of interest to the state because it has spent much money on pilgrims to abroad. “With Aokpe, government intends to promote it to encourage domestic tourism instead of spending foreign exchange on pilgrimage abroad. Unfortunately, not many people in Benue are aware of the centre at Aokpe. So, the government wants to promote and develop the centre,” she said.

According to her, the state government has concluded plans to revive the Makurdi airport and construct the access road to Aokpe recalling that past administrations in the state started the seven kilometre Ugbokolo-Aokpe  road project, which was abandoned. Mrs Ajoko praised Mrs Sally Mbanefo led Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) for the promotion of domestic tourism, which she said, has lots of multiplier effects on job creation.

Director Benue State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr  Terseer Aernyi, assured that tourism can drive the economy because the state has all it takes – cuisine, dance and folklore to offer tourists. He however observed that for Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre to thrive, the road leading to it should be made accessible and conducive for pilgrims. He added that government is keen in turning the centre around as one of the best in Africa.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, inspecting Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre, Benue State, during the authentication exercise.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, inspecting a section of Aokpe Pilgrimage Centre, Benue State, during the authentication exercise.

On what kept the state troupe successful, he said: “We have had lots of encouragement from successive administrations. That has been our source of strength and it forces us to do more.”

The visionary Mrs Christiana Agbo Ejeh, a lawyer, said the Blessed Virgin Mary started appearing to her since 1992 when she was 12 and that Virgin Mary told her She would appear on August 4, 1994 to bestow grace on her children.

“Virgin Mary told me that every August 4 should be set aside to celebrate a special day of grace,” she said.

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NTDC OPENS INFORMATION DESK IN KANO AIRPORT

NTDC OPENS INFORMATION DESK IN KANO AIRPORT

The Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Uwechue Mbanefo has said that tourism is the greatest employer of labour, which contributes about 9.3 percent to the global GDP with The Gambia contributing 17.7 percent, Egypt 13 percent, South Africa 9 percent, Mexico 11.9 percent, Kenya 12 percent, Brazil 7.8 percent, Cuba six percent and Nigeria four percent, She further stressed that tourism development remains just as relevant and important in economy building of any nation in the world. This was attested to during her official tourism visit to open NTDC tourism information desk in Kano State recently.

The representative of Kano State Governor and Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Rabiu Suleiman Bichi (seocnd right); Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo and others at the commissioning the Information Desk of the Corporation at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano State, recently.

The representative of Kano State Governor and Secretary to the State Governor, Mr Rabiu Suleiman Bichi (seocnd right); Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo and others at the commissioning the Information Desk of the Corporation at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano State, recently.

In her speech, she explained that the NTDC’s information desk is part of the Corporation’s effort towards promoting domestic tourism. The Corporation’s collaboration with Viko Nigeria Group of Companies Limited had earlier commissioned three NTDC Airport Information Desks at Nnamidi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, MM2 Terminal and the General Aviation Terminal of the airport at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos and now Kano Airport.

She noted that Kano State is one of the tourism friendly states and also a major tourism hub and gateway in Nigeria,

“This is why NTDC found it strategically important to establish the Tourism information desk and travel portal at the Aminu Kano International Airport. The centre would facilitate travel businesses and promote hospitality and tourism services in Kano and Nigeria at large”, she said.

However, the Director General, Mrs Mbanefo in the company of the Commissioner for Commerce, Co-operative and Tourism, Alhaji Rabiu Ahmed including some top government dignitaries in the state embarked on tourism tour within Kano metropolis to visit and identify major tourist attractions. Places visited include the Emir of Kano’s Palace, Kofar Mata Dye Pits (established since 1498), Gidan Makama Museum, Kemata Game Reserve linked with Yankari and South Africa, Porto Golf Resort and ‘Kwakwasiya” overhead flyover.

On a major visit to the governor of the state, the NTDC boss was impressed by the highly Governor who displayed of a clear understanding of the value of tourism for Nigeria.

“It is clear that the new governor is focusing a lot of attention on tourism and security in the state and Kano is indeed very safe for tourists”, she assured.

At another visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II commended the laudable efforts of the NTDC boss in repositioning the corporation and the milestones achieved within a short time so far and for visiting and marketing Kano State as a major tourism hub.

From left, Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo; Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi and the Group Managing Director, Vico Nigeria Group of Companies Ltd, Mr Lucky Kanu, during the courtesy call of the NTDC boss on the Emir of Kano, recently.

From left, Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo; Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi and the Group Managing Director, Vico Nigeria Group of Companies Ltd, Mr Lucky Kanu, during the courtesy call of the NTDC boss on the Emir of Kano, recently.

“I know the Director General, Mrs Sally Mbanefo as an erudite and principled banker, colleague for almost 30 years, no doubt, the candour with which she DG carries herself with passion to bring out the glory of tourism in Nigeria is amazing and has endeared her to many who have come across her way. She is really working, we acknowledge your sound mind, clear understanding of the tourism sector and your passion for promoting domestic tourism even in the face of challenges”, he said.

In the same vein, addressing the top government officials and the press men earlier, the Group Managing Director, Viko Group of Companies Limited, Mr Lucky Kanu said “This project will create employment for thousands of our people and will also add to our effort to rapidly reduce joblessness through the SMEs project”.

He further pledged to support the efforts of the corporation through the Public Private Partnership for best practices to create jobs for the youth and ensure that the tourism information portal is established in major airports located in the country.

Mbanefo commended Viko Limited for their patriotism and passion in selflessly promoting tourism by contributing to creation of jobs for youth.

“Viko’s zeal for development is highly commendable, this is a true demonstration of a successful practice of public private partnership in Nigeria”, she said.

She further explained that Viko and NTDC are working on a new project that will create over 500,000 jobs for the youth in every state of Nigeria.

On this note, Mbanefo appealed to stakeholders, private sector operators and the general public to join forces with the corporation as tourism is a private sector activity which must be driven by the private sector and not just the government.

“This will turn our dependence on diminishing oil revenue to tourism which is sustainable, reduce rural to urban migration, revenue for poverty alleviation and job creation for the teeming youth in the country”, she said.

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PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE ON 2014 OSUN OSOGBO FESTIVAL

PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE ON 2014 OSUN OSOGBO FESTIVAL

Pictorial News – 2014 Osun Children Cultural Fiesta

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Directo-General of NTDC, Dr (Mrs) Sally Mbanefo, receiving a gift from Jimi SOlanke during the 2014 Osun Osogbo Festival.


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The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo flanked by Olori Adeola Oyetunji (left) and Princess Gbonjubola Matanmi while the drummers look on during the Osun Children Cultural Fiesta recently held at Ataoja’s Palace, Osogbo.


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Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji (Olanipekun LarooyeII); Olori Adeola Oyetunji and Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo discussing during the Osun Children Cultural Fiesta recently held at Ataoja’s Palace, Osogbo.

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Pictorial News – 2014 Osun Osogbo Festival

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From left, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Dr. (Mrs) Sally Mbanefo; Regional Trade Marketing Manager, South West, Olaleke Fakeye; Regional Business Manager, Nigerian Breweries PLC, Joseph Bodurin and Founder/ CEO, Nike Art Foundation, Chief ( Mrs) Nike Okandaye in a group photograph during the Osun Osogbo Festival recently held at the Osun Groove, Osogbo, Osun State.

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The Arugba going to the Osun Groove during the festival.

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From left, Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji (Olanipekun Larooye II); Olori Adeola Oyetunji; Olori Adedoyin Oyetunji; Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo and Regional Trade Marketing Manager, South West Olaleke Fakeye in a group photograph during the festival.

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The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo at the Osun river during the festival.

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The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Dr. (Mrs) Sally Mbanefo, in a group photograph with some Brazilians during festival.

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The Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Dr.(Mrs) Sally Mbanefo at the suspended bridge during the festival.

 

 

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PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE ON SANGO FESTIVAL 2014

PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE ON SANGO FESTIVAL 2014

Pictorial News – World Sango Festival

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From left, Chairman, Oyo State Tourism Board,
Engineer Benedict Ogunwusi; Director General,
Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)
Dr. (Mrs.) Sally Mbanefo; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba
(Dr.) Olayiwole Adeyemi III; Commissioner for
Culture, Princess Adetutu Adefemi Akhigbe and
Cultural Ambassador to Alaafin and President,
Paula Gomes in procession to the event venue
during the World Sango Festival 2014 recently
held at the Festival Arene, Aafin Oyo.

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From Left, Chairman, Oyo State Tourism Board,
Engineer Benedict Ogunwusi; Director General,
Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Dr
(Mrs.) Sally Mbanefo; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.)
Olayiwole Adeyemi III; Commissioner for Culture,
Princess Adetutu Adefemi Akhigbe and Cultural
Ambassador to Alaafin and President, Paula Gomes,
shaking hands during the 2014 World Sango
Festival, recently held at the Festival Arena,
Aafin Oyo.

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Left-Right: Director General, Nigerian Tourism
Development Corporation (NTDC)( Dr.)Mrs. Sally
Mbanefo, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba(Dr.) Olayiwole
Adeyemi III and Commissioner for Culture,
Princess Adetutu Adefemi Akhigbe in a group
photograph during the World Sango Festival 2014
recently held at the Festival Arene, Aafin Oyo.

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The Director General, Nigerian Tourism
Development Corporation (NTDC)( Dr.)Mrs. Sally
Mbanefo prostrating to greet the Alaafin of Oyo,
Oba(Dr.) Olayiwole Adeyemi III, during the World
Sango Festival 2014 recently held at the Festival
Arene, Aafin Oyo.

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The Director General, Nigerian Tourism
Development Corporation (NTDC), Dr. (Mrs.) Sally
Mbanefo being prayed for by the Alaafin of Oyo,
Oba (Dr.) Olayiwole Adeyemi III during the World
Sango Festival 2014 recently held at the Festival
Arene, Aafin Oyo.

 

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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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Domestic Tourism: Igbo Traditional Rulers Pledge Support For Mbanefo

Domestic Tourism: Igbo Traditional Rulers Pledge Support For Mbanefo

GBO traditional rulers have thrown their weight behind the domestic tourism promotion initiative of the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, saying that the initiative is progressive and capable of practically developing tourism in Nigeria.

Pledging their support during the courtesy visit on the NTDC boss, the Idu II of Igbo-Ukwu, Igwe Barrister (Dr.) Martin Ezeh, who led the team lauded President Ebele Jonathan for appointing their daughter as the Director-General of the corporation, describing the appointment as a round peg in a round hole.

The Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo flanked by Nnamoshimli of Alapo, HRH Igwe  Architect. Jonathan Olapalaezeche (left) and Idu II of Igbo-Ukwu, HRH Igwe Martin Ezeh during a courtesy visit to the Director General at the Corporate headquarters of the Corporation in Abuja recently.

The Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo flanked by Nnamoshimli of Alapo, HRH Igwe Architect. Jonathan Olapalaezeche (left) and Idu II of Igbo-Ukwu, HRH Igwe Martin Ezeh during a courtesy visit to the Director General at the Corporate headquarters of the Corporation in Abuja recently.

“Mbanefo has a clear-cut idea on how to practically develop tourism in Nigeria. Her excellent track record of best practice in the private sector made Public Private Partnership (PPP) to be at its best at NTDC, as Mrs Mbanefo made a success out of private sector partnerships in all her projects at the corporation. We have no doubt that she will move development of tourism in Nigeria from mere rhetoric to reality.

“Stakeholders and observers in the money-spinning industry will nod their heads in affirmation that Mbanefo’s activities within the last one year in office vividly showed that she meant business,” Ezeh said.

The Idu II of Igbo Ukwu disclosed that the Amambra people were leaving no stone unturned to ensure that domestic tourism is well promoted to enable the people at the grassroots and Nigerians benefit from the goodies of the money-spinning industry.

The Igwes described the New Yam Festival which will be held in August, and according to them, will boost the economy of the state, as a demonstration of their support towards promoting domestic tourism, which Mbanefo administration stands for.

The traditional rulers offered prayers against terrorism, pleading for divine intervention to end the insurgence in Nigeria.

In her response, the NTDC boss reiterated her commitment to promote domestic tourism, thereby creating wealth for the people at the grassroots. She enjoined the traditional rulers to intensify efforts at creating an enabling environment for domestic tourism to thrive in their different communities.

Mbanefo, who charged the traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to patronise tourist sites in the state reaffirmed the decision of her administration to develop one tourist site in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.

“We have started the process of promoting domestic tourism in Nigeria and we shall not look back. To achieve this, I had gone to the six geo-political zones, covering 17 states, to see for myself, the tourist sites in those states. I met with the traditional rulers, who are the custodians of our culture and heritage, and also with other tourism stakeholders in the states, to enable me know how we can develop the tourist sites to create employment and generate wealth for our people and the government.

“I hereby enjoin you to encourage the good people of Anambra State to patronise the tourist sites in the state,” Mbanefo said.

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PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE – NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

PICTORIAL NEWS UPDATE – NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

Pictorial News – NTDC Signs MOU With The Gambia Tourism Board

The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with the Gambia delegation and NTDC Management Team after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo in a group photograph with the Gambia delegation and NTDC Management Team after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

From left, Executive Director, Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Gambia, Mrs Naffie Darry and the Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang, in a group photograph after the signing of the MOU.

From left, Executive Director, Gambia Investment & Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Gambia, Mrs Naffie Darry and the Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang, in a group photograph after the signing of the MOU.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the DirectorGeneral, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board,    Mr. Bakary Jammeh, after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently, at  the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the DirectorGeneral, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently, at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

From left, Director, Sales &  marketing, The Gambian Tourism Board,  Mr Adama Njie; Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Darry; Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang; Executive Director, The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NTDC, Mrs Anette Ibe; Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh in a group photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

From left, Director, Sales & marketing, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Adama Njie; Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Darry; Deputy Permanent Secretary, The Gambia Ministry of Tourism, Ms Kodu Jabang; Executive Director, The Gambia Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Mrs Fatou Jallow; Lagos Zonal Coordinator of NTDC, Mrs Anette Ibe; Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh in a group photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

From left, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator (NTDC), Mrs Anette Ibe, Director General, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts, Director General ,  Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Chairman,  Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh; Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, in a photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at  the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in  Marina, Lagos.

From left, the Lagos Zonal Coordinator (NTDC), Mrs Anette Ibe, Director General, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts, Director General , Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh; Assistant Director (Legal) NTDC, Mrs Funebi Out-Umondak, in a photograph after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently held at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director General, Nigerian  Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)  Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the  Director-General, The Gambian Tourism  Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.  Bakary Jammeh, during the signing of  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  recently at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director General, Nigerian
Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)
Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the
Director-General, The Gambian Tourism
Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and
Chairman, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.
Bakary Jammeh, during the signing of
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
recently at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director-General, Nigerian  Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)  Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the  Director-General, The Gambian Tourism  Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and  Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.  Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed  Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the  Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director-General, Nigerian
Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC)
Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the
Director-General, The Gambian Tourism
Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and
Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr.
Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the
Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

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NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board Sign Pact To Develop Regional Tourism

NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board Sign Pact To Develop Regional Tourism

THE Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has signed a pact with The Gambia Tourism Board to propel a rapid development and best practices in the Nigeria’s tourism industry.

The NTDC boss, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, while speaking during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the corporation’s Lagos office, pointed out that the partnership between NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board is a landmark momentum in the tourism industry in West Africa, as the partnership will also develop and promote a sub-regional tourism brand.

Mbanefo explained: “Nigeria is a catalyst in the development of tourism in West Africa. We have the population, which is a great lubricant in the wheel of developing tourism. We also have the political will to explore the potentialities of the industry. Meanwhile, The Gambia has an excellent track record of best practice in the industry. As a result, partnership with The Gambia will enable us to exchange notes, programmes, and share best practices.

Director-General,  Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, flanked by the Director-General, The Gambian Tourism Board, Mr Benjamin Roberts (left) and Chairman, Gambian Tourism Board, Mr. Bakary Jammeh, holding the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Lagos Zonal office of the NTDC in Marina, Lagos.

“Following the partnership, NTDC staff members can go to The Gambia for capacity building and bring back the knowledge to develop Nigeria’s tourism industry. This will also enable our staff members to enlighten the Gambians on the tourism potentials in Nigeria and tell Nigeria’s story correctly to the Gambians, thereby propelling them into visiting Nigeria. The Gambia Tourism Board as well can send their staff to Nigeria for training and also appreciate our tourism assets.

“Our relationship with The Gambia Tourism Board will promote the sub-regional tourism with the standard of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

“It will promote travel and tourism between both countries in the areas of eco-tourism, culture, black heritage, festivals, cuisines and entertainment just to mention a few,” opined Mbanefo.

Mrs Mbanefo, who described The Gambia as the first African country to sign an MOU with promised that the MOU will be actioned, as soon as possible.

The NTDC boss used the opportunity the event offered to sell Nigeria’s domestic tourism to The Gambia Tourism Board members, encouraging them to attend fascinating and crowd-pulling festivals in Nigeria, while reeling out the national domestic calendar to the team.
Her words: “Nigeria is so blessed with innumerable fascinating natural and man-made tourist sites and attention-grabbing cultural festivals. I invite you to attend any of the festivals, and you will be glad you did.”

In his reaction, Director-General of the board,  Mr Benjamin Roberts expressed the interest of The Gambia Tourism Board to work together with NTDC to promote tourism in the two countries.

“The Gambia could be said to be doing well in tourism, yet, there is always room to improve. Therefore, we are here to learn from the immense tourism wealth of Nigeria and contribute to the growth of the industry.

“Note this, we are not just signing the MOU for the fun of it, but we shall ensure that it works out for the benefit of The Gambia and Nigeria. The partnership, we believe, will also help to develop and promote sub-regional brands and experience, as you have said.

“We will work together via co-branding at international events. This will enable the two countries achieve more and use less financial resources. We shall work on achieving one brand for the benefit of the two countries, and also build the capacities of the workers of the NTDC and The Gambia Tourism Board. Hence, we shall come to Nigeria to appreciate Nigerian and tell Nigerians The Gambia story, while your people can also come and tell us Nigeria’s story,” Roberts explained.

The Chairman of The Gambia Tourism Board, Mr Bakary Jammeh, who corroborated the submission of Mr Roberts lauded the keen passion of Mrs Mbanefo at promoting Nigeria’s tourism potentialities, with emphasis on the domestic tourism, which according to him, will make Nigeria a voice in the global tourism industry.

Permanent Secretary of The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Mrs Naffie Barry, said that The Gambia, though advanced in tourism, yet always ready to improve, saying “This partnership will ensure this. It will promote regional integration. Hence, The Gambia can promote herself in Nigerian and Nigeria can also promote herself in The Gambia. We shall implement the partnership. The partnership should not be seen as between The Gambia Tourism Board and Ministry and NTDC, but as between the two countries. The partnership will not only be a blessing to the two countries, but also the whole of Africa.”

Deputy Permanent Secretary of The Gambia Ministry of Trade, Ms Kodu Jabang, added that the partnership will further sell the two countries as the destinations for leisure and investment.

Ms Jabang noted that “we will ensure that all the necessary machineries are put in place at the national level to make the partnership work.”

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