Out of the blues, on the 26th of August 2020, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation issued a press statement announcing President Muhammadu Buhari's appointment of nine new Chief Executive Officers for agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. And it happens that one of the new CEOs is the amiable Alhaji Nura Kangiwa. A renown tourism technocrat and an ardent Polo player. He is favourably well known in Nigeria's Tourism Industry landscape, both in the public and private sectors. Hence his appointment as the DG of NIHOTOUR has been nationally well-received.
Africlaim was an idea conceived out of the sheer frustration of seeing African air passengers being unfairly treated by foreign airlines. It all started in 2017 when Ifeanyi was on a delayed flight coming back into the country for one of the long holidays. Back then, getting paid for flight delays was pretty much a myth. He tweeted something about the flight delay and a couple of fishy bot accounts spammed his mentions claiming they could help him get compensated by the airline. He didn’t pay it any much attention until some days later when it casually came up in a conversation he was having with Chibuzo.
She has the eyes and strength of an eagle. Sarat Braimah is focused and makes no pretences of leaving legacies. To her, the transformation of National Inland Waterways Authority (Niwa), Lagos area office where she is the area manager is not just a job, it is passion, dream of restoration and opportunity to showcase to Nigerians that the brown economy is a gold mine.
Driven to the fullest potentials by her boss, Dr George Moghalu, sarat Braimah wakes up each day with eyes clearly set for tomorrow and oblivious to yesterday's testimonials. Lagos is Africa's fifth biggest economy, with a population of 22million people boxed in a tiny land mass, surrendered by over 50 littoral communities, making movement of persons, goods and services a difficult task.
Every avid Nigerian traveller or globetrotter has one time or the other been referred to as Ajala by their friends, families or acquaintances. Most even use the designation in their pseudo names; names like Ajalabug, Wondering Ajala, Ajalaman, The travelling Ajala. This vocabulary that has become so familiar and part of the Nigerian travel lingua still has little or less known about the origin of its name.
To the Nigerian tourism community, President Mohammadu Buhari certainly did not factor Culture and Tourism in his game plan to revive the Nigerian economy. The octane voices of aggressive lobbyists for the new economy under the Buhari government, had no time and space to lubricate the biggest driver new jobs and rural development and it caused some of us the palpitations of the heart.
As a Cultural tourism development columnist, getting to grab Frontline interventions on everyday happenings in the battered sector is like waking up drunk and not knowing the way to the restroom.
Please don't ask if I had ever been drunk but am sufficiently aware through watching Ali Baba and co on comedy shows that drunkards do stagger off the line just to pee.
We are supposed to get real groves out of the expected and very timely intervention by the federal government to unbundle Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation ( NTDC).
Last week, we announced that shopping for the right person (s) for the tourism agency must begin in ernest in view of the Orosanye report which placed a full commercialized status on its activities.
Let me report that several calls were received based on the publication, many wondering what are there for NTDC to sell or market, while others provided deep and thoughtful angles to the process. The calls are still coming and am taking notes, researching and taking certain hard look about our cultural, tourism environment and the possible future outlook post covid.