FG inaugurates new board for tourism, culture agencies

Posted: November 14, 2013 in travel & tourism

MINISTER of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke has inaugurated the Boards of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the National, Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), the National Troupe of Nigeria, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), the National Gallery of Art (NGA), the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), and the National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO) with a riot act.

Duke who reiterated that from beginning of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the culture and tourism sub-sectors have received unprecedented and dedicated attention which was borne out of his belief that these sectors are crucial to Nigeria’s job and wealth creation drive and the quest to be one of the top 20 Economies in the world by the year 2020 charged the new board members to pursue the same purpose as this is the only reason for their coming into the sector.

He said the recent accomplishments in the sub-sector could not have been achieved without the provision of adequate and accurate information to citizens on government programmes and policies.

“This is why the present administration is also committing resources to national orientation as we believe that an informed citizenry with the right attitudes will help achieve the objectives of national growth and development.

“I therefore enjoin you as Chairmen and Members of the various Boards of Parastatals and Agencies being inaugurated today to buy into this vision and contribute to its realization by bringing your wealth of experience to bear on the process of growth of the organisations to which Mr President has assigned you to serve.

“It is also important to note that as Chairmen and Members of Boards, you are not to interfere with the day-to-day running of the parastatals and agencies. Basically, your role is advisory and the law has provided an avenue, especially in the statutory meetings of your Boards to do this”, Duke charged.

Continuing he said, “I therefore urge you to cooperate with the management and staff of the Ministry as well as those of the parastatals and agencies that your Boards will be working with. It is only through cooperation and collaboration that we can achieve our collective goal of developing our communities, states and of course, the country at large.

“You are therefore expected to offer useful suggestions to the Ministry and Chief Executives of your various parastatals with a view to making a positive difference and make appreciable marks as you begin serve our dear country in your capacity”.

Duke informed them that the vision of the ministry is to position Culture and Tourism as leverage for economic growth and development and build an orderly, responsible and disciplined society where core values of hard work, honesty, patriotism, democratic principles and ideals are upheld.

Adding that, it is also the mandate of the ministry to promote the nation’s rich cultural heritage through identification, development and marketing of the diverse cultural and tourism potentials and assets of our great country and mobilise Nigerians to participate in the governance process and contribute to national development.

According to him, “the combination of this vision and the mission to mainstream the culture, tourism and the orientation sub-sectors into the socio-economic frame of the Nigerian society drives our programmes and activities in the Ministry and the parastatals under it.

The chairmen of the boards includes: Lt. Col. Edo Obi (rtd) – NOA, Barr Hipo Onwuegbuke – NGA, Gen Brimmo Yusuf – CBAAC; Alh Adamu Attah – NTDC, Chief Markus Ishaya – National Troupe of Nigeria; Mr Kanayo O. Kanayo – NIHOTOUR and Alhaji Ibrahim Ismail to chair NICO.

Responding on behalf of the board members, Lt. Col. Edo Obi (rtd), the board chairman of NOA promised that the board will not derail from the mission and vision of the ministry while thanking the federal government for entrusting the agencies and parastatals to their care.

By ONYINYECHI UDEMEZUE, Abuja

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