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.
“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.