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    FG Will Support Tourism In Badagry – Minister, Lauds Sesi Whingan For Exposing Her To Badagry’s Tourism Potentials

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    The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Lola Ade-John, has stated that the Federal Government will help Badagry’s tourism industry grow and thrive in the coming years. She also commended Hon. Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan for initiating the working visit, which exposed her to the tourism potential of Badagry, an ancient and historic city of importance in Nigeria.

    The Minister made the commitment yesterday, April 3rd, 2024, in Badagry, at a stakeholder engagement organized by Hon. Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan, House of Representatives member for Badagry Federal Constituency in the National Assembly.

    FG Will Support Tourism In Badagry – Minister, Lauds Sesi Whingan For Exposing Her To Badagry’s Tourism Potentials

    Mrs. Ade-John, after hearing the concerns and issues raised by various stakeholders in Badagry’s tourist sector, stated that the current administration, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will look into various ways to develop the tourism potential in Badagry. She lamented that, though little or nothing could done by the federal government this year due to the non-budgetary allocation of 2024 for Badagry tourism, she promised that her ministry, the ministry of tourism, would capture projects that will enhance tourism development in Badagry in the future budgets of the current administration. The Minister charged the community, stakeholders, relevant governments, and its agencies with ensuring that the environment is cleaner enough to promote Badagry as Nigeria’s true tourism hub.

    In his welcome address, the House of Representatives member for Badagry Federal Constituency, Hon Sesi Whingan, congratulated the honorable minister for responding to his invitation to Badagry. He stated that his invitation to the minister to visit Badagry and gain firsthand knowledge of the city’s tourist potential fulfills a campaign promise made to his constituents.

    “The presence of the Minister of Tourism and his Lagos State counterpart here today underscores the importance of promoting and preserving our cultural heritage and natural beauty. It signifies a renewed commitment to showcasing Badagry’s unique attractions to both domestic and international tourists, thereby stimulating economic growth and fostering community development.”

    “Let us seize this chance to engage with the Ministry of Tourism, leveraging our combined efforts to promote Badagry as a top cultural tourism destination in Nigeria.”

    FG Will Support Tourism In Badagry – Minister, Lauds Sesi Whingan For Exposing Her To Badagry’s Tourism Potentials

    “My campaign commitment to the great people of Badagry included promoting and developing Badagry’s tourism potential for economic growth and prosperity. I have focused, among other things, guaranteeing Badagry mines from the riches of tourism.” MHR Sesi said in the welcome address

    During the engagement, the stakeholders in the tourism industry in Badagry, led by Mr. Babatunde Ajose, a renowned tourism entrepreneur, historian, and writer, presented a position paper on tourism development in Badagry to the honorable Minister. The paper highlighted various concerns, challenges, and impediments to tourism development in Badagry. The paper further suggested immediate and long-term solutions to problems impeding tourism development in Badagry.

    Badagry’s rich cultural heritage and historical significance have long been recognized as potential drivers of Tourism in Nigeria, yet many areas remain untapped. The Minister said the Ministry of Tourism has now set its sights on the historic town of Badagry with the view of developing the various tourism potentials in the historic town, aiming to unlock its tourism potential and elevate it to a global destination following her visit organized by the national assembly member representing Badagry, Hon. Sesi Oluwaseun Whingan.
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    The Honourable Minister promised her ministry would support and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to involve and promote diaspora festivals among others in Badagry. She also mentioned that the FG will look into the construction of the Door of Return and other various interventions aimed at the development of tourism in Badagry.

    The working visit by the minister was aimed at showcasing the various tourism potentials in Badagry, exploring the rich cultural and historical heritage of Badagry, and engaging with stakeholders in the tourism industry on ways to develop the sector for the economic gains of Badagry, Lagos State, and Nigeria at large.

    During her visit, the Honourable Minister paid homage to the paramount king of Badagry, Aholu Babatunde Menutoyi 1, the Akran of Badagry. The minister and his entourage also visited Vlekete, the Badagry Slave Market, the first-storey building in Nigeria, and the Agia Tree Monument Center, the place where the gospel was first preached and the first Christmas was held in Nigeria, which was recently reconstructed by the Lagos State government.

    The minister was joined by the Special Assistant to the President on Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, Mr. Ayo Adeagbo; the Lagos State Honourable Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka; and top government functionaries from the federal and Lagos State’s ministries of art, culture, and tourism.

    Among the hosts, apart from MHR Sesi Whingan, are Hon. Solomon Saanu Bonu, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly for Badagry Constituency 1 and house committee chairman on tourism, arts, and culture; Lagos State’s Commissioner for Youths, Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende; Badagry Local Government Chairman, Hon. Segun Onilude; Hon. Gbenu Henugbe; the council chairman of Badagry West Local Council Development Area; and other top government officials.

    The host royal fathers include: HRM, Aholu Menutoyi, the Akran of Badagry; HRM, Oba Friday Kosoko, the Oniworo of Iworo kingdom; Aholu Fabiyi Jimoh, De-Ovitotode Toyi of Ikoga Zebbe Kingdom; Alapa of Apa Egun-Awori’s kingdom; HRM, Oba Oyekan Adekanmi Ilufemiloye Ajose Posii III, the Ajagun of Imeke Kingdom; Oba Olatunji Ogabi; the Aholu of Ajido; HRM Saheed Sedonu Adamson, Topon-Toyiaga 1, Aholu Sejiro Olalekan James, the Akweno of Kweme Kingdom; HRM, Aholu Agano Toniyon 1 of Ajara Agamathen Kingdom; His Royal Majesty, Aholu Shewhenu Toyon 1 of Dale Whedakoh Kingdom; HRH, Aholu Nunayon Awogbemi Travil, Tosavi 1 of Akarakumo Kingdom; HRM Patinvo A, the Aholu of Iyafin, HRH, Aholu Jonah S. Egbenayon, the Owa Ajaka 1 of Age-Mowo land, some white cap chiefs among others.

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

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    Escaped Hyena in Jos, Nigeria Successfully Captured by Local Tourism Board After Drone and Ranger Search

    A hyena that was loose in the central Nigerian city of Jos has been successfully captured, the local tourism board has reported.

    According to Akonitv, drones and rangers searched for the animal after it escaped from the Jos Wildlife Park, causing panic among residents in the area. The hyena had “finally been found, tranquilised, captured and returned to its enclosure”, the tourism board said in a statement.

    It is unclear how the hyena escaped but, according to the tourist board, it had been inside a cage. Many people in Jos were scared, despite assurances from wildlife experts that the chances of the hyena attacking were slim.

    “Hyenas are very fearful of humans – the animal is more likely to run away than attack,” said Abba Gandu, who is based at Kano Zoo in the north of the country, and has worked with lions and hyenas for 50 years.

    “It normally excretes when scared and I foresee that happening when people finally get to it.”
    Wildlife escapes are not new in Nigeria. In 2015, a four-year-old lion was shot dead after it had escaped from the same park.

    At the time, police said the lion was hostile during attempts to return it to its enclosure and was put down before it could harm anyone.

    In nearby Kano state in 2019, a lion also escaped while rangers were trying to return it to a cage after attending a national agricultural show. It was later found after hours of searching.

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

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    Hyena Escapes From Jos Wildlife Park

    The management of Plateau State Tourism Corporation has confirmed the escape of a Hyena from the Jos Wildlife Park.

    A statement signed by the General Manager of the Corporation, Mr Chuwang Pwajok reads that” We would like to inform the general public that the Hyena which recently escaped from its cage at the Jos Wildlife Park is currently being tracked by our dedicated team of game guards and Park Rangers with the assistance of drone technology.”

    He assured the public that the corporation are taking all necessary measures to locate the escaped animal and ensure its safe return to its enclosure soonest.”

    “We kindly request the public to remain calm and avoid any approach to the Hyena if sighted,” the statement further reads.

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

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    FTAN to deliberate on way forward for tourism industry at 27th AGM

    The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), has announced plans for its 27th Annual General Meeting scheduled for July 30, 2024, in Abuja.

    While briefing the Travel Press during a zoom meeting, Aliyu Badaki, chairman of the planning committee, disclosed that the AGM is non-elective and holds on the theme, ‘The role of the private sector in the development of tourism in Nigeria’.

    He explained that the theme is timely and in line with the happenings in the sector, the economy and the country at large.

    The chairman also revealed that the meeting would feature a panel session with Philda Nani Kereng, High Commissioner of Botswana to Nigeria, as the lead speaker. He expressed confidence that her wealth of experience in tourism would contribute immensely to the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the area of tourism.

    In the face of the economic reality, Badaki said that the AGM would provide another good platform for the government and the private sector to deliberate on challenges and how to drive tourism in Nigeria.

    Dignitaries expected as the event include: Lola Ade-John, Minister of Tourism; Hannatu Musa Musawa, Minister of Culture; John Owan Enoh, Minister of Sports; Folorunsho Coker, director general of NTDA; Nura Kangiwa, director general of NIHOTOUR; Ifeanyi Okeke, director general, SON; ECOWAS Commissioner of Tourism; Board of Trustees, FTAN, and other key stakeholders.

    According to him, with the calibre of panelists and high-powered dignitaries expected to grace the occasion, result-oriented deliberations and impactful networking are underway, as the AGM is the first time after a long while the industry is going to witness such key players coming together to chart a new course for the sector.

    Meanwhile, the AGM will serve as a flagship event for NTIFE, FTAN’s event, which comes up in November 2024.

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