Monday, November 12, 2018

Frank Meke

    Afac Expo: Culture products unlimited

Afac Expo: Culture products unlimited

One great lesson learnt among many others at the end of 21 days of unlimited presentation of Nigerian and African arts and crafts, is the desire to create and sustain knowledge based and awareness platforms that could afford Nigerians and foreigners the needed opportunities to learn more about the rich gifts of tangible and intangible culture products that abound in [...]

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    Remembering Abubakar ‘Technical’ Tanko

Remembering Abubakar ‘Technical’ Tanko

Two weeks ago, on a Tuesday to be precise, I had woken up to this urgent feeling to call the Conservator General of National Park Services (NPS), Mallam Ibrahim Goni. Though it is usually a routine for the members of National Park Service family which I belonged to call each other to find out about the welfare of the larger [...]

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    Mr. President, NTDC is not working

Mr. President, NTDC is not working

Dear Mr. President, there is no doubt Nigerians from all walks of life love to see you transform the country. While you are away to take good care of yourself in order to be properly fit to take us to the promised land, some of us in this critical but neglected of area our economic reality prayed hard that you return [...]

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    The many failings of NTDC proposed bill

The many failings of NTDC proposed bill

Victor Kayode, executive secretary, Nigerian Hotel and catering Institute (NHCI), is not known to be flippant with words or seek media attention on most tourism issues that affect Nigeria. In the last few months, Kayode has led a silent but every effective revolution to draw the attention of the national assembly, particularly the senate committee on tourism to the many errors of the [...]

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    Nigerian tourism at cross roads: Our ‘mumu don do’

Nigerian tourism at cross roads: Our ‘mumu don do’

When men who appear as “tree” are hired to speak for tourism at the hallowed chambers of the national assembly, then we are all in big trouble. For the 57 years of our national existence, it has never been well with our tourism aspirations. We flutter, fumble and thrive on excuses for our seemingly programmed failure on our tourism actions [...]

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    How not to respond to fear ambassadors of Ozubulu

How not to respond to fear ambassadors of Ozubulu

Ozubulu, hate speech mongers, satanic voices cum artists, violent agitators and their very lot seems to have occupied our national discourse and sanity space in recent time. In fact we had suddenly forgotten Evans and the kidnappers of the Epe, Lagos school students and systematically fallen into a state of despair and gloom.I had sat down through last week to [...]

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    NANTA and quest for a red card against traveltrade fraudsters

NANTA and quest for a red card against traveltrade fraudsters

In the past three or four decades, the travel trade business has gone through series of up and down associated largely to the absence of stiff regulation to hedge and control entry and exist regimes into the sector. The business adjudged as a multi-billion naira profitable run for both foreign and local airlines operators and the key downstream drivers popularly [...]

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    Runsewe and the making of culture sector

Runsewe and the making of culture sector

The 10th edition of African Arts and Crafts expo slated for Abuja between August 27th  and September 17th, will clearly define the future of the neglected and often misunderstood culture sector of Nigerian economy.Arts and Crafts, a major component and key driver of the octopus but untapped Nigerian culture sector, will be unveiled, projected and interpreted to various stakeholders in order [...]

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    NIWA and the remaking of water transportation in Nigeria

NIWA and the remaking of water transportation in Nigeria

The setting at the just concluded national inland waterways authority conference and exhibition (NIWA ICE) was perfect and deliberately driven to tell a true life story. For many years, Nigeria’s players and investors on our nascent waterway environment were not known. There was no benchmark expectation neither was there any platform of encouragement to anchor survival and job creation. Where there [...]

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    Ned Nwoko’s empire as garden of Eden

Ned Nwoko’s empire as garden of Eden

It is a fortress of nature deliberately built to encourage rest and recreation. This strategic nature enclave may not be listed as Africa’s top most tourism destination hotspot yet its enchanting ambience compares favourably with the imaginative biblical Garden of Eden.Tucked away but not totally hidden in the route village of Idumuje Ugboko, Ned Nwoko hill top nature empire sits on [...]

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    Our tourism space under siege

Our tourism space under siege

There is no denying the fact that our security agencies are over stretched and needs a new thinking to arrest the dark clouds hovering over country. Indeed, discussing domestic tourism under this very unfriendly atmosphere should be done in measured tone, considering the fact the lives of Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are of most important.At the last count, Nigeria [...]

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    FTAN election and lessons for tomorrow

FTAN election and lessons for tomorrow

The election for new executives of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has come and gone, a process that could possibly change the fortunes of the sector and how practitioners relates with government on tourism issues.To many people including observers of the many sides and offside of the federation, it wasn’t an election in the true sense of [...]

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    FTAN and the price we must pay

FTAN and the price we must pay

It is a fact that when the cat is away, the mouse will play around. It is equally on same plank that in a family, there are pillars unto honour and dishonour, a blend and a mix so strange that mothers do wonder how God created them all.The story of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) is strange and [...]

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    Nihotour: The clipped tourism bill and lessons from there

Nihotour: The clipped tourism bill and lessons from there

The setting at the senate conference room 022, venue of public hearing on the bill to establish Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) Thursday last week was very combative and full of fireworks. Indeed, the public debate on the bill would have become a boxing ring, to not only to knock out Chika Balogun, the Director-General of NIHOTOUR team but [...]

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    NIHOTOUR tourism bill and its toxic contents

NIHOTOUR tourism bill and its toxic contents

Chika Balogun, Nigeria’s Chief tourism trade trainer is about to enter the tourism history books as the first initiator and promoter of the first democratic tourism legislation in Nigeria.Her agency bill titled “National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Bill 2016”, will however go through its first public hearing at the national assembly this week and the furor generated by the [...]

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    Legacy tourism associations booms to replace FTAN

Legacy tourism associations booms to replace FTAN

Principal and key tourism associations have concluded plans to dump the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) for a new effective and purposeful private sector tourism organization to be known as Legacy Tourism Association Forum (LTAF).The deed which was a clear response to the many sins of Tommy Akingbogun led FTAN, was sealed and signed in Jos, capital of [...]

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