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Akporiaye Takes Over As NANTA President, Assures Continuity

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By Eric Elezuo

In line with the constitution and guidelines governing the affairs of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mrs. Susan Akporiaye has officially taken over the affairs of the association. She took over from the immediate past president, Mr. Bankole Bernard, who steered the group for two consecutive terms.

In her acknowledgement speech to the teaming members of the association, Akporiaye assures continuity while at the same time details a new beginning.

Pledging to achieve more together with everyone on board, she called for effective strategies’ to address local challenges in the travel and tourism world as well as the damage the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic has caused.

Below is her detailed statement:

CONTINUITY AND THE BIRTH OF A NEW BEGINNING:

Dear members of NANTA, our principals, elders and the media.

This morning, our president, who is now the immediate past president, my brother and friend, Bankole Bernard wrote to hand over the affairs of the association to me in line with consultation with our Board of Trustees and the executive members.

Yesterday, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, most able gentleman and leader, Mr Steve Isokariare also sent a message to put me on notice to steer the wheel of our progressive association for the next two years.

While the uncertainty that becloud our dear nation, industry and the world persisted due to Covid-19, many expressed anxiety about the possibility of the change in baton at this uncertain times….which is human.

While this line of thought gained ground, particularly with the desirable need to postpone our Kano AGM which could have afforded us the opportunity for me to present my manifesto to you as your incoming President but also to formally adopt our established physical handover protocols.

Nonetheless we all have to deal with the realities of the “Force Majeure” situation that Corona Virus have brought upon us. By God’s grace we shall overcome it.

So we have digitally taken over and all the legal protocols for hand over have taken place overseen by our very capable Board of Trustees.

On one hand you are assured of continuity because I was one of the outgoing executives of the last administration.

On the other hand this is the birth of a new beginning as the incoming exco takes over under my leadership as the 44th President of NANTA.

We must admit that while we have 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.

In due course the incoming executives shall engage and consult with all of you as stakeholders in order to establish and validate our priorities.

I will then be articulating these priorities with strategies on how to move us forward.

I know there is a huge challenge to re-access our reach and physical engagement process in view of covid 19 and the impact on global Travel.

We are conscious of the pressure to rebound and gain immediate foothold yet determined to guide our members to follow established federal and states governments protocols on covid 19 and practice safety and social distancing as recommended by health officials globally.

This statement is to assure you all including our Friends and Principals that NANTA is united and in safe hands under my watch.

The Watchword under my Watch will be TEAMWORK .

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.

Therefore, the new exco and I will in due course address you all on the course we wish to chart, praying for assistance, suggestions and presence in all we shall endeavor to do on your behalf.

Once again, let me express my profound gratitude to Mr Bankole Bernard, the board of trustees, elders, my fellow partners in leadership, all zonal leadership and members, not excluding our very supportive friends in the travel and tourism and the media.

Having accepted to stand and hold forth as the 44th NANTA president, I ask God Amighty to grant me wisdom and knowledge to lead this great body and make it greater than ever before.

Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM NANTA)

Thank you all so much and may God bless Nigeria and may God bless our beloved NANTA.

Susan Akporiaye
National President NANTA

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Amuwo LG Poll: Adewale’s TCG Receives Decampees, Igbo Community Endorsement, Presents Candidates

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The National Secretariat of The Consolidation Group (TCG) in Amuwo Odofin LGA was charged as the group showed great readiness for the forthcoming APC primaries scheduled to hold soon.

Presenting the Councillorship aspirants, Comrade Ayodele Adewale took time to read out a brief profile about them and how they have been steadfast during the course of the struggle in the last six years.

He wasted no time in moving to pressing matters as he dwelt upon Party loyalty and commitment as a pinnacle to the successful selection process of the Councillors.

He charged them to remain focused and put the interest of the community close to their hearts when elected into office.

He reminded them that loyalty was the underlying ethics to the group and their loyalty and commitment to the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and Amuwo Odofin LG community should be central to every activity that they pursue.

Comrade Ayodele wished them every success as they move to the next stage of the race which is the APC Party screening and thereafter the Party primary election.

Comrade Ayodele Adewale also announced that two more members had purchased the nomination forms for the Chairmanship seat hours before the deadline on Tuesday making a total of 5 aspirants jostling for the number 1 seat.

He advised all candidates and members to continue interacting and engaging with all the old and newly registered Party members who had come aboard during the APC party registration exercise across the Local Government.

The leadership of the lgbo Speaking Community in Lagos State led by the State President General, Chief Sunday Udeh was also present at the Monday meeting with some members of his executives.

They described Comrade Ayodele Adewale as a detribalized leader whose inclusive approach benefitted all in the LG including the non indigenes in Amuwo Odofin LGA.

He appealed that all members should continue to show loyalty to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC and immediate past Council Chairman, Comrade Ayodele Adewale as they remains the only leaders and entity in Amuwo Odofin LG, Lagos State and Nigeria that associate and treat non indigenes like their family.

He also urged every member to be more committed and play an active role in furtherance of the group’s objectives and most especially, the APC Party.

Chief Sunday Udeh promised a donation of N50,000 to the group for refreshment before the next meeting as a mark of support for being a part of the highly influential and organised group, TCG.

TCG members also welcomed Mr. Okpor Emeka, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the last 2019 House of Assembly Elections in Amuwo Odofin LGA. He arrived with some of his loyal supporters.

This visit was to intimate the APC stalwart and founder of the Consolidation Group (TCG), Comrade Ayodele Adewale of their readiness to join the Progressives.

He stated that they had given it great thought and consideration and having consulted far and wide, they had decided to use the platform of TCG to defect to the APC Party.

Mr. Okpo described APC as the only Party with a true manifesto to alleviate the status of the common man.

The defection move was facilitated by Comrade Balogun Ibrahim, one of the APC Chairmanship aspirants and a member of TCG.

Comrade Ayodele received the defected members and appreciated them for deeming it fit to add to the numbers of the APC Party.

He urged them to contribute to the success of the Party most especially during this election period.

He also promised to formally hand them over to Chief Tunde Balogun, the acting chairman of the APC in Lagos State at an appointed time.

The meeting ended with ward accreditations, where a total of 314 members were recorded to have attended the meeting.

The leader of the group, Comrade Ayodele Adewale wished all Muslim faithfuls, a happy Eid al Fitr celebrations in advance and declared that the next meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday 17th May, 2021

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NAOSNP Honours Kawugana with Leadership Service Award

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By Eric Elezuo

The National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) has honoured the immediate past Commander of the 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Brigadier General Sale Kawugana with the Association’s Service Leadership Award.

The award was presented to the Commander during the hand over ceremony at the Brigade Command by the Executive Members of the NAOSNP led by its National President, Mr. Oki Samson.

Mr Oki said the Commander deserved the award as a result of his exemplary leadership style during his short but, impactful stewardship as the Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja, Lagos.

In his acceptance speech, Brigadier General Kawugana thanked the Association for considering him for the award, and pledged to keep the flag of excellent service delivery flying wherever he finds himself serving the nation.

He also said he was impressed with the cooperation given to him by the Association during his stay, promising the friendship would continue.

He also pleaded with the Association to extend similar cooperation to new Commander.

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Saraso Takes over Command of 9 Brigade As Army Redeploys Kawugana to Abuja

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The new Commander, 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, Brig Gen Lader Saraso, has assumed duty.

He took over from Brig Gen Sale Kawugana, who has been redeployed to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

The new Commander, during his handing and taking over ceremony which took place at the conference Room of the brigade recently, craved for National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP) support saying that the “media is suppose to be the watchdog of the society because they are everywhere.”

He further reiterated that such support is imperative considering that the media is a necessary part of every society; hence it serves as a “check and balance” when it is practised within the purview of the law. It is a wake-up call to anybody in position of authority that there are people you are supposed to be accountable to.

“As a public servant,” he observed, “we are not an island to ourselves. Therefore, we need a formidable partnership with you. Sometimes, there may be some delays in messages and information. We may not always be as supernatural to be everywhere at the same time. But with little patience, the picture would get clearer,” Brig Gen Saraso emphasized.

However, he added that “everything we do on Internal Security whether in Lagos or elsewhere,” they are actually playing a supportive role to the Nigerian Police.

“We need the collaborative efforts of other agencies. They need us just as we need them so that we would be able to achieve some synergy.”

Brig Gen Saraso, therefore, called on the media to always draw his attention to any negative development or unpleasant situation going on so that such could be nipped in the bud before it escalates.

“You can report to meet the expectations of your organisation and we too, want to meet the expectations of Nigerians who actually entrusted us with these positions,” he added.

Earlier, the outgone Commander, Brig Gen Sale Kawugana commended members of the fourth estate of the realm for their support during his short stint at the brigade soliciting that such candid support and robust relationship be extended to the new Commander.

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