Mrs Susan Akporiaye, President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), on Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo state Capital, inaugurated the Western Zone Office and Recreation Centre of the association. Located within the confines of the National Museum of Unity Aleshinloye Ibadan, the bungalow structured complex, has a restaurant, a bar, toilets and lounge area, with a Conference hall for meetings.
Unveiling the edifice and supported by NANTA veterans, led by NANTA’s first female President, Mrs Teresa ( ezeobi) OjO, the association President, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, praised the initiative and leadership of Otunba Babatunde Adesokan for the secretariat project.
“She said, “From Abuja, Kano , Port Harcourt and Lagos, my charge and directive to all our zonal leadership, is to make NANTA proud by leaving behind legacies and strategic income generating projects which can sustain the association at zonal levels and am happy with what Otunba Babatunde Adesokan has done here. This secretariat and recreation centre is an inspiration and commendable” Mrs Akporiaye stated.
Ibadan National Museum curator, Mrs Pamela Otuka Oriyomi disclosed that NANTA Western Zone was allowed to have a secretariat and recreation centre within the museum complex, due to collaboration agenda of the National Museum leadership in Abuja which believes the association is at the forefront to drive cultural tourism traffic and also a major player in the promotion of Nigerian historical narratives.
Mrs Teresa Ojo, who spoke for the veterans, expressed happiness with the determination and robust commitment of NANTA members and leadership at all levels on changing the Nigerian tourism landscape, effectively and effortlessly, through the promotion of Nigeria at the last World Travel Market in London, first ever by any association, , and urged the Otunba Adesokan led Western Zone, to break more ceilings, liberating the zone from the shackles of poverty.
“We are proud with Adesokan and his executive for this cheering effort. We want you to do more, locate and promote local tourism sites and create tourism jobs and other strings of income for members.” Mrs OjO, further stated .