The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has said that Nigeria has more potentials for Tourism than any country in the South Sahara.
He disclosed this recently when he played host to the 37 Heir Apparent Reality Leadership programme and officials at the Tourism Village, Abuja.
According to the NTDC boss “the only secret remaining for Africa is Tourism. He explained that Tourism has the capacity to impact on the people more than any other sector of the economy. Consequently, he stressed that Tourism is what we need to catch up with”.
Otunba Runsewe further explained that about six African countries now depend solely on tourism as the main stay of their economy.
Thus he implored the Heir Apparent Contestants to embrace Tourism by investing in the sector which has multiplier effects on the people and the economy.
The NTDC helmsman commended the leadership of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the consulting firms that partnered with the agency to put together the Heir Apparent Show. According to him “one of the problems facing this country is leadership”. He therefore appreciated NOA for using the platform of the Youth Leadership program to address this menace.
Earlier, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Idi Faruk spoke of the relationship and synergy between NTDC and his Agency. He stated that the two organizations enjoy good working relationship which brought about the collaboration in the youth and Tourism Development in Nigeria.
In the words of NOA Director General, “If organization can pool resources together, we can surmount our problems”.
The Heir Apparent is the first Leadership Reality programme in Nigeria. 37 youths, 11 girls and 26 boys were selected from across Nigeria.
The 37 Heir Apparent were subjected to various leadership training skills at the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC Camp at Sauka, Abuja. They were trained on basic skills in public speaking, entrepreneurial skills in Agriculture, tourism, business development, etc. They had also tranversed between Sokoto and Okitipupa as part of their exchange and skill acquisition programme of the Leadership initiative.