NTDC, NSC agree to lift Nigeria Tourism at London Olympic Games

Posted: June 1, 2012 in travel & tourism

Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and the National Sports Commission (NSC) have reached an agreement geared towards uniquely promoting Nigeria’s image at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London.

Both agencies of government also agreed that the forthcoming Summer Olympic Games will provide the veritable platform and window of opportunity needed by them to showcase Nigeria positively in line with President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda.

The agreement between both agencies was reached when directors-general of both agencies met at the office of the NTDC, in Old Secretariat, Garki, in Abuja.

Welcoming the NSC chief, Dr. Patrick Ekeji to his office, Director-General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, revealed that preparations are in top gear as NTDC is already mobilizing one million supporters for Nigeria’s Olympics Team towards the forthcoming games further stressing that the corporation is currently giving out raffle tickets in this regard.

Runsewe further announced that NTDC is concluding arrangements with owners of a Nigerian restaurant in the United Kingdom to serve 36 + 1 Nigerian dishes each representing the different states of the federation and the Federal Capital just as he urged the NSC to partner with NTDC to achieve greater success.

He therefore called on stakeholders to bid for Nigeria’s right to host the games, saying the time is right as the country has the potential of hosting such games, adding that such venture will greatly benefit the Nigerian populace.

“The Olympics Games is another opportunity and Nigeria’s colours would be there, including a restaurant that will showcase different dishes from the 36 states of the federation, we have to work together to move the country image for the better,” Runsewe said.

Responding, Ekeji, who lauded Runsewe for his exceptional leadership skills at projecting Nigeria positively during the last World Cup in South Africa where Nigeria built an impressive tourism village, expressed NSC’s desire to work hand-in-hand with NTDC to showcase Nigeria’s tourism potentials during this year’s Olympic Games.

“It is only right and proper that NTDC and NSC should have a common ground to work together in order to present in UK the tourism potentials of our country through the avenue of sport which is the Olympic Games,” said Ekeji.

Continuing, the NSC head said: “I personally feel it will not be a complete team without the presence of NTDC, we will not want to go the Olympic Games without carrying NTDC along because, sports itself is about tourism and as we know, tourism today is big business and in fact all countries of the world that have realize the economic potentials of sports, tend to put sports and tourism together.”

“We cannot be going without your full support because what you did in South Africa really promoted our image, we look forward to partnering with you and with the vast experiences and contacts you have, we are sure the presence of Nigeria would be felt not just in the field but within every tourists that will attend the game,” he said.

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