Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has thrown his weight behind the efforts of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies ( NANTA) to give women travel professionals opportunities to lead the association after its first attempt 25 years ago.
The Runsewe’s unflinching support for women to lead NANTA is coming just as Susan Akporiaye, the First Deputy National President of the association has signified her interest to lead the body.
Runsewe, who has about five female directors working with him to rebrand the high profile culture agency, noted that the NANTA effort is commendable and the way to run an all inclusive association.
” I must commend Bankole Bernard as President of NANTA for the gut to drive this initiative. It is a big plus for his leadership of NANTA and the tourism sector. I am 100 per cent behind him and NANTA on this score.
Runsewe, who also doubles as President, Africa Region, World Craft Council, (WCC), stated that it is culturally sensitive to carry our women along in national development, adding that NANTA has proved it’s very supportive of government efforts to empower our women.
” I understand that the Kano election of NANTA in March have been worked out as a kind of unity administration after Bankole steps down. By God grace, it will sign post a historical rebirth to our collective vision to support our women who are usually good managers and home builders.” Runsewe explained.
He urged the entire membership of association to join in making history again in the industry.
” NANTA should be made strong and I have followed their dedication to do always what is right to provide leadership for other groups in the industry. After the very successful outing of Tereza Ezobi in 1995, which made the association a notable game changer.To do same again after 25 years, means that Bankole Bernard is a good student of history.
“Truly, this is very significant and I must advise those to be elected at time like this to know that they must deliver and set NANTA on refreshing path of progress, advancement and impactful presence at the dawn of new century” the multiple award winning culture and tourism influencer stressed.
It should be noted that NANTA has pushed forward a unity administration to be led by Susan Akporiaye, its first deputy national president, a feat that will advance the interest and influence of women travel professionals in the 43 years life time of the foremost trade association.