The newly elected President, National Association Nigeria Travel Agencies(NANTA), Susan Akporiaye has assured airlines and other stakeholders that the association would not only be united but that the body was also in safe hands under her watch
He gave the assurance in a statement released shortly after she was sworn in as the 44th President of NANTA at the association’s headquarter in Lagos in a brief swearing –in ceremony that was witnessed by members of the Board of Trustees(BoT).
Akporiaye stated that the watchword under her watch would be teamwork, adding that she would ensure that stakeholders are given the platform to contribute to development of the association.
“As stakeholders you all have ideas not just the Excos. As President I will ensure you all have the right platform to provide inputs for continuous engagements whether physical or digital. But I reassure you as President my priorities will be your priorities,” she further assured.
Akporiaye, who was elected unopposed stated that the new Exco led by her would in due course address members of the association on the course the body wish to chart, urging them to render the new Exco assistance, suggestions and presence in all the programmes NANTA would embark on unbehalf of the members .
The new President stated that she was so sure of continuity on one hand because she was one of the outgoing executives of the last administration and that on the other hand, this is the birth of a new beginning, as the incoming Exco takes over under her leadership as the 44th President of NANTA.
On COVID-19, she stated that though there are global challenges brought on by COVID-19, “We also do have some pertinent local challenges facing our members and their businesses which we must confront and come up with effective strategies to address.”
She pointed out that while the uncertainty that beclouded Nigeria, industry and the world persisted due to Covid-19, many expressed anxiety about the possibility of the change in baton at these uncertain times, which according to her is human.
She added that while this line of thought gained ground, particularly with the desirable need to postpone the association’s Kano Annual General Meeting (AGM), which could have afforded her the opportunity to present her manifesto to members as their incoming President and also to formally adopt the group’s established physical handover protocols.
“Nonetheless we all have to deal with the realities of the “Force Majeure” situation that Corona Virus has brought upon us. By God’s grace we shall overcome it🙏
“We have digitally taken over and all the legal protocols for hand over have taken place overseen by our very capable Board of Trustees,” She said.
She commended the immediate past President Bankole Bernard, the Board of Trustees, elders, partners in leadership, all zonal leadership and members, not excluding the very supportive friends in the travel and tourism and the media for their unflinching support.