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 that “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.”