Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe has thrown his weight behind the efforts of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) to give women travel professionals opportunities to lead the association after its first attempt twenty five years ago
Runsewe who has about five female directors working with him to rebrand the high profile Culture agency, noted that the nanta effort is commendable and the way to run an all inclusive association.
” I must commend Bankole Bernard as president of nanta for the gut to drive this initiative. It is a big plus for his leadership of nanta and the tourism sector. I am hundred percent behind him and Nanta on this score.
Runsewe who also doubles as president, Africa region,World Craft council, (WCC), stated that it is culturally sensitive to carry our women along in national development, adding that nanta has proved it’s very supportive of government efforts to empower our women.
” I understand that the Kano election of nanta in March have been worked out as a kind of unity administration after Bankole steps down. By God grace, it will sign post a historical rebirth to our collective vision to support our women who are usually good managers and home builders.” Runsewe explained, requesting the entire membership of nanta to join in making history again in the industry.
” Nanta should be made strong and I have followed their dedication to do always what is right to provide leadership for other groups in the industry. After the very successful outing of Tereza ezobi in 1995, which made the association a notable game changer, to do same again after twenty five years, means that Bankole Bernard is a good student of history.
” Truely, this is very significant and I must advise those to be elected at time like this to know that they must deliver and set nanta on refreshing path of progress, advancement and impactful presence at the dawn of new century” the multiple award winning culture and tourism influencer stressed.
It should be noted that nanta has pushed forward a unity administration to be led by Susan Akporiaye, its first deputy national president, a feat that will advance the interest and influence of women travel professionals in the 43 years life time of the foremost trade association.
Perish the Thought of Joining Us, APC Tells Fayose
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has advised a former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, to perish the thought of defecting to the APC.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Ade Ajayi, said this in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.
He said the party was not a dumping ground “for failed politicians,” adding that Fayose was not wanted in the party because of his antecedents.
This was contained in a statement he signed. Ajayi described the APC as “a disciplined, refined and integrity-inclined type which would not tolerate people like Fayose,” adding that “Fayose is not qualified to be a member of the APC in the state.”
The party, which was reacting to a statement allegedly credited to Fayose to the effect that he would defect to the APC if his ordained Peoples Democratic Party state chairmanship aspirant failed in his bid for the job.
To this, Ajayi said, “We will not welcome him to the great and decent family in the state.
“It is better he stays back in his PDP to get it more destroyed instead of coming to a principled, disciplined, transparent, law-abiding and organised party like the APC.
“The Ekiti APC members know the people behind the masquerade and thereby warn people like Fayose not to turn the APC to a dumping ground where they can defect to.”
Ekiti Submits Interest Bid to Host NAFEST 2021
The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has expressed the interest of his state to host the 2021 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
Receiving the bid document from Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Prof. Tunde Bakare on Monday, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended Governor Fayemi for early indication of interest to host the cultural fiesta.
Runsewe described Governor Fayemi as a proactive leader who is committed to giving the best to his state at all times.
Stating that the early submission of the bid document by Ekiti State Government was a sign of early preparation towards putting in place the necessary logistics and infrastructure for a successful event, he added that the Council expects bids from more states in respect of NAFEST 2021.
Runsewe commended the amiable wife of Governor Fayemi and First Lady of Ekiti State, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi for declaring that if given the hosting right, Ekiti State would stage “the mother of all NAFEST”.
The DG added that the statement by Her Excellency was an indication of the determination and political will of Ekiti State Government to make NAFEST 2021 the best in the history of the festival.
It will be recalled that the Plateau State Government was given the hosting right for NAFEST 2020 at the closing ceremony of 2019 Edo NAFEST at Benin City, on October 26, 2019.
Arrangements are already on top gear for the hosting of the 2020 edition of the festival in Jos, Plateau State, in October.
Amaechi’s CSO Dies in Kaduna ‘Hotel Room’
The chief security officer to Rotimi Amaechi has died in Kaduna, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from security and official sources.
The officer, who was described as a senior intelligence personnel, died on Monday morning while on a trip with the transport minister.
Peter Afunanya, chief spokesperson for the SSS, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday morning that the officer was electrocuted at his hotel room.
“He died at his hotel during an electric accident,” Mr Afunanya said.
PREMIUM TIMES has withheld the officer’s identity to allow the official notification of his family.
His death occurred hours after reports said Mr Amaechi’s convoy was attacked in Kaduna while leaving from a train station to the city centre.
Mr Amaechi pushed back against the report on Twitter Sunday night, saying it was fake news as no attack on his convoy occurred.
A source close to Mr Amaechi also said the officer died at a hotel in a case of electrocution, dismissing strongly any insinuation that it was from an attack.
The source could not speak openly because he was not authorised by Mr Amaechi to speak on a matter that is being handled as sensitive.
Mr Afunanya did not disclose the name of the hotel in Kaduna where the attack happened.
But sources who first informed PREMIUM TIMES of the officer’s death said it was from injuries he sustained from the attack.
Some of the sources include colleagues of the departed officer, although PREMIUM TIMES has not been able to independently corroborate the official or private version of how the orderly died.
Source: Premium Times