Testimonies as FTAN honours late president

Recently, stakeholders under the umbrella of Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) converged in their numbers on Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja with prayers and testimonies in honour of the late president, Alhaji Saleh Rabo for the 40 days prayers.

In his remark, the Chairman Board of Trustees, FTAN, Chief Samuel Alabi, said late Alhaji Rabo was a champion of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. His death was a great loss not just to his immediate family but the tourism sector and entire Nigeria.

He said, “The prayers and testimonies organised in his honour by FTAN is a way to be consolation for his remarkable achievements and contributions to the growth of travel and tourism industry in Nigeria.”

The acting president, FTAN, Mr, Nkereuwem Onung described Alhaji Rabo as a humble personality that would forever live in the hearts of all.

“Alhaji Rabo was an inspiring figure in the tourism industry, always very supportive and a man of action who redefined tourism with his creative ideas”

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, represented by the Deputy Director, Domestic Tourism, Hajia Sanni Halima Sodengi, in his speech said late Alhaji Saleh Rabo was a seasoned practitioner, an ardent promoter of tourism who contributed immensely to the growth and development of tourism in Nigeria.

The minister further disclosed that Rabo was a strong advocate and driver of private sector synergy with the public sector. In his words “His numerous and invaluable contribution to the Nigeria tourism sector cannot be overemphasised.”

A short video documentary on Alhaji Saleh Rabo featuring the Director-General, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, former Director-General of National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) and Chairman, Allstates Travels Ltd, Alhaji Munzali Dantata,  Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker who all commended Alhaji Rabo for his contributions for the growth of tourism sector was played at the event.

The FTAN BOT Chairman, Chief Samuel Alabi, supported by presidents of various associations at the event made a cheque presentation to the widow, Hajia Nafisa Saleh-Rabo on behalf of the federation.

Speaking at the event, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe, said Alhaji Saleh Rabo was a great man whose intellectual style in the leadership of FTAN brought remarkable improvement in the visibility of the association.

The former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu CFR ,said Alhaji Rabo was a hardworking tourism practitioner who set an enviable standard in his time and a peace builder who also played a significant role in stabilizing the tourism sector.

The representative of the Plateau State Government, General Manager/CEO, Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Madam Salome Audu Wani Bidda said the state has lost a great pillar in the tourism sector.

She disclosed that late Alhaji Rabo never disappointed whenever he was invited for any tourism related programs in the state. “His valuable advice and guidance that helped the state tourism development will be greatly missed”, Bidda said.

Among the dignataries that graced the event are the former Deputy Senate president, Senator Ibrahim Mantu; Director-General, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe; Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker; Deputy Director, International Tourism, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Dorothy Duraku; General Manager/CEO, Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Madam Salome Audu Wani Bidda; Hon. Touma Njie, MP from Gambia; Organiser, Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko; President, Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Hajia Bilikisu Abdul; President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), Mrs Susan Akporiaye, President, Hospitality and Tourism Management Association of Nigeria (HATMAN), Mr Samson Aturu, President, Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA), Mrs Funmi Kazeem, President, Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET), Mr. Omololu Olumuyiwa and President, Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP), Chief Abiodun Odusanwo.


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