Tourism logistics provider and Deputy President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr Nkereuwem Onung has described National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), Bankole Bernard as a strategic partner in the development of tourism in Nigeria.
Speaking during a chance meeting with media friends, the former President and now Trustee of National Association of Nigerian Tour Operators noted that tourism partners and professionals like Bankole Bernard should be celebrated and honoured.
” When I passed the baton to a lady after stabilising NATOP, many people think I was dumb and stupid but today, NANTA has taken same step, a feat worth the all important lesson to all Nigerians from all works of life that our women can be trusted leaders.
“I join Otunba Segun Runsewe, DG, NCAC in celebrating Bankole Bernard for a very successful and impactful leadership of NANTA and for positioning a very hard working lady to lead NANTA” he explained.
The travel logistics Midas man, whose company is behind the famous street party in Cross River, Carnival Calabar, prayed the Federal Government to look at the telling leadership qualities of tourism professionals and get them to provide leadership in NTDC and other moribund and poor performing government tourism agencies.
“NANTA is very critical to the development of both the downstream aviation and tourism sectors and in hunting for egg heads, government should look the way of professionals who has made verifiable marks and give them opportunity to transform the industry, Onung added.
He continued, “NANTA under Bankole Bernard is a huge success and to know that he’s going to hand over to another hard working deputy who is a woman, gladdens my heart”.