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Afe Babalola calls for a legal framework for tourism in Nigeria



Joel Ajayi

A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.

Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti , after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus,  the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.

Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why  Nigeria has not been reaping bountifully from tourism.

  “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form. We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening themselves out to eke something from the tourism offerings.

“We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era”

He disclosed  that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary  jelly  for  the lubrication  of a vibrant tourism economy  and business in Nigeria”

He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision-driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.

Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.

He described  Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only because he planted an international trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti but has also created it in  Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.

Ambassador  Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University one can enjoy the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with the beauty of a truly conducive academic environment,  embarking on agro-tourism sightseeing of a  large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied industries processing them to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complexes in  Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.

 He pointed out that the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life that survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence. 

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NIHOTOUR Advocates Women Empowerment Via Vocational Training, Skill Acquisition Initiatives




The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has advocated vocational training and skill acquisition programs that will empower women particularly the vulnerable in the society to make them independent and self-sustaining

Kangiwa who made the call when Officials of the FCT Chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), led by the Chairperson Mrs.

Rekia Rachael Adejo-Andrew paid a courtesy visit on him at the headquarters of the Institute in Abuja, said that empowering vulnerable women in the society with the requisite skills in vocational training is the only sure way to protect them against all forms of risks and to survive as independent individuals.

Nura S Kangiwa DG NIHOTOUR left presents souvenir to Mrs Adejo-Andrew, Chairperson, FCT Chapter of FIDA

According to him, NIHOTOUR as a training Institute is willing to partner with FIDA to offer the training needs of women under the vision and mission objectives of the Federation in providing hope, succor and healthy living for vulnerable women in the society especially in Travel Tourism and Hospitality trades.

The Director-General who expressed his delight with the visit and the good work the Federation is doing to lift the poor, voiceless and the vulnerable segment of women in the country said Nigeria needs more of such enviable social and Non-Governmental Organizations to augment government’s efforts at providing better living conditions for the populace.

Earlier in her address, Mrs. Adejo-Andrew said they were at NIHOTOUR to congratulate the Director-General over his appointment as well as to identify with his visionary leadership and philanthropic qualities that endeared him to many in the country, including FIDA so that society can be a better place for all and in particular, the vulnerable and less privileged.

She said the numerous activities of the Federation which include the enhancement, promotion, protection, and preservation of the rights and welfare of women and children in the society through empowerment require the support and assistance of well spirited individuals and organizations in the likes of Nura Sani Kangiwa and NIHOTOUR, adding that FIDA is today at the Institute’s head office to solicit for that support and collaboration.

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