NANTA members to enjoy mini Durbar at 46th AGM in Kano - Susan Akporiaye - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Friday, 11 March 2022

NANTA members to enjoy mini Durbar at 46th AGM in Kano - Susan Akporiaye

From left, NANTA Chief Administrative Officer, Stanley, Vice President Lagos Zone, Yinka Folami, President NANTA, Mrs Susan Akporiaye , PRO and Chairman, Organising Committee, Yinka Ladipo and Gbenga Olatilo of WakaNow at the press conference in Lagos 

With the Kano royal emirate throwing it's weight behind NANTA'S 46th AGM coming up in Kano between the 23rd and 25th of this month, members of the association are in for a great treat as they will have the opportunity to witness a mini Durbar in the ancient city, courtesy of the Emir of Kano, HRH Aminu Ado Bayero and the royal council of the emirate.

This much was revealed in Lagos at a press conference to announce the forthcoming 2022 AGM of the association.

The purpose of the mini Durbar according to the President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), is to enable members to witness the event firsthand as the body has been officially accorded the opportunity to market the historic, cultural heritage of the
event locally and globally.

"This certainly will promote domestic tourism, and also open new doors of opportunities for members of our association," said Mrs Akporiaye.

Susan Akporiaye along with her team at the press conference, spoke about the theme of the AGM which is,
“Anti-Trust Opportunities Available for Protection for the Nigerian Travel Market."

The NANTA president said that the theme was informed by a presentation by the Chairman of Lagos State Law Reforms Commission, Dr Kemi Pinheiro on “Anti- Competition Law and Market Distortion’ to the Lagos Zone of NANTA in December 2021.

She said that while not pre-empting Pinheiro, the lecture in Kano, will be addressing the downstream aviation with reference to the long history of imbalance in NANTA’s relationship in the aviation industry.

“Nigerian travel agents are far behind in the exercise of their rights though the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) compared to countries such as Kenya, South Africa, UK, United States and Europe.

“There is the need to address the turmoil in consumer relationships in travel and present the opportunities for intervention to the FCCPC.

“The issue of working closer with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and supporting further empowerment of the authority for stronger national regulation must be addressed and the need to eradicate touts from the profession and enforce professionalism within the ranks of travel agents must be looked into," Akporiaye said.

She went further to unveil some of her other speakers for the upcoming event.

She said that, while the Keynote Speaker is the Chairman of Lagos State Law Reforms Commission, Dr Kemi Pinheiro, a panel of discussants comprising of the Director General of NCAA, Capt Musa Nuhu, Head of Account Management, West/Central Africa, IATA, Dr Samson Fatokun, immediate past President of NANTA, Mr Bernard Bankole, Chairman, Sabre Networks Elder Gbenga Olowo and Country Manager, Air France/KLM, Mrs Christine Quantin will all be there.

The NANTA President also thanked the sponsors of the forthcoming AGM, and most especially the management of WakaNow for deeming it fit to put their weight behind the event.

Gbenga Olatilo who was at the press conference in Lagos to represent WakaNow, promised his company's full representation, at the AGM in Kano.

Susan Akporiaye will also be standing for possible re-election as President, at the forthcoming AGM in Kano.

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