By Jimoh Babatunde
Abuja — National Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, has commended the decision of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to host the wives of the Vice President, Senate President, Speaker and Governors at a retreat in Obudu Ranch Resorts, Cross River State.
Director General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, in a statement in Abuja, said holding of retreat at one of the leading tourist destinations in Africa was a further proof of the take off of the much awaited domestic tourism in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan made Obudu his choice for his retreat shortly after the April elections.
According to Otunba Runsewe, the decision by the First Lady to host wives of public officers at the Obudu Ranch Resort will further help in branding Nigeria as a preferred tourist destination of which the citizens are proud of.
“We at NTDC have been advocating that Nigerians should visit our destinations. We should not abandon our sites for other lands. I give the First Lady kudos for following the President’s example,” Runsewe said.
He called on other public office holders, elected politicians and the leading private sector players to emulate the President and the First Lady for their initiatives by strengthening and supporting the campaign for Nigerians to spend their holidays and leisure in Nigeria .