By Lawani Mikairu
Following outcry from the air travelling public that the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents, NANTA, should develop and implement rules that can regulate the conduct and ethics of its members in their transaction with customers and airlines, the body has insisted that every travel agent must have the Travel Practitioner Identification Card to practice.
NANTA President, Mr Bankole Bernard disclosed this in Lagos at the pre-AGM press conference to announce the body’s 43rd Annual General Meeting, AGM, billed for 27th of March, 2019 in Lagos.
Bernard said the “Travel Practitioners Identification Project “ is aimed at checking activities of fraudulent illegal travel and tour operators in the country. He also said “the initiative would ensure that every travel and tour operator, whether owner or employee of travel agency must have identity card with Unique Identification Number(UIN)”.
According to him , this year’s AGM with the Theme: “Developing Strategic Policies for the Sustainability of the Growth of the Travel and Tourism Industry” would have in attendance prominent Nigerians and government officials who have signified their interest in facilitating the development and growth of the sector.
He also said government, through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has to create an enabling environment for the growth of travel agents in Nigeria and stressed the need for the local content law in Nigeria to be applied fully in regulatory operations of travel agents so as to preserve the sector for the benefits of Nigerian citizens.
He further said stakeholders in air travel business; airlines, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and NANTA, need to frequently share data information to avoid conflicting figures in industry data which impede planning.
Among the dignitaries expected at the AGM are the Minister of State, Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Muktar Usman who will be the key speaker, Director General, Nigeria Council of Arts and Council, NCAC , Otunba Segun Rusewe, Director General NTDC, Folorunsho Coker,goodwill message is expected to be given by the former speaker, Lagos state House of Assembly, Mr. Jokotola Pelumi. Royal Fathers of the day are the Emir of Kano and the Ooni of Ife.