FG heeds tourism writers’ call to shun lobbyists, politicians over NTDC top job

Posted: January 3, 2017 in general
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Mrs. Mariel Rae – Omoh

VICTOR NZE

Federal Government has announced the appointment of a director in the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) to head the affairs of the regulatory and monitoring agency.

In a letter dated December 28, 2016, and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, a senior director in the NTDC, Mrs. Mariel Rae – Omoh, was named the new chief, in an acting capacity.

The appointment comes sequel to a call by the umbrella body of travel and tourism writers in the country, the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) on government to disregard antics of politicians and other lobbyists who have laid siege to the Presidency in a bid to secure the job since the sack of Mrs Sally Mbanefo in November, last year.

Although Mbanefo occupied the seat as Executive Director, the new head, Rae – Omoh was appointed Acting Director General.

ANJET, in a statement, penultimate Thursday, said the call had become imperative following the seeming unhealthy jostling and lobbying among politicians and others in the country all aimed at winning government’s favour.

“We are aware of ongoing jostling for the job by people of diverse backgrounds, including politicians. We caution that the federal government should not base the appointment of the new DG on political patronage but instead on professionalism, with the right acumen, background and experience should be considered for the job.

“Appointing the right person for the job at this time is a litmus test for the government as it would underscore how serious the government is with focusing on tourism as one of the economic platforms for the diversification of the economy.

“With not having a ministry for tourism a disadvantage and a wrong signal from the government, the only way Nigerians and the international community can take the government serious on tourism is for it to appoint a DG who is a thoroughbred professional and who also understands the whole gamut of the tourism industry and the chain value.

“The era of appointing an NTDC boss from a particular geo-political zone of the country as a mere tokenism to appease the people of that region should be discarded, as tourism is a serious business as demonstrated by international examples and a number of countries in Africa who are reaping the huge benefits of the industry.

“For Nigeria to make stride in tourism, the new chief executive must be a tested and cerebral person who understands the issues and undercurrents surrounding tourism development and promotion. A chief executive who understands marketing communication mix and well abreast of the new trends in tourism and the fact that tourism is a money spinning industry and needs to galvanise all resources and players within the industry and allied sectors to achieve the goal of tourism,” the statement read.

Until her new elevation, Mrs. Rae – Omoh, was the director of Hospitality and Travel Trade. A graduate of Tourism and Management Studies (AN) Italy, Higher National Diploma (HND) in Tourism and Hotel Administration, she is a thoroughbred professional, who aside working in an international branded hotel in Nigeria, has spent most of her entire career life in NTDC where she has held various positions and responsibilities, including serving as the Zonal Coordinator of the former Calabar Zonal Office of NTDC.

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