The Senate Committee Chairman on Culture and former governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has encouraged the leadership of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) to exploit its template of progressive electoral transition process devoid of rancrour in the past 45 years towards uniting Nigeria.
Owelle Okorocha urged NANTA to spread its wings of collaboration and partnership in initiating legacy projects that focuses on children and use the same as springboards for cultural exchanges, thus breaking the cancer of tribalism.
“Madam President of NANTA, your articulation of your dream for NANTA and what the association represents, resonates with me. NANTA’s history and spread, leaves me with nostalgia of how Nigeria should be united and culturally advanced and I must praise your dedication.'”
“NANTA must lead in uniting Nigeria, you must share with Nigerians how your association with national spread has navigated through your leadership transition processes without rancour in the past forty-five years, staying together and prospering together. NANTA must share this dream and maybe Nigeria can learn from it.” Owelle Okorocha emphasized.
Reacting to the address presented by Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, President of NANTA, during a visit with some select members of the association to the ‘Unity House’ of Okorocha Foundation in Abuja on Wednesday, the chairman, Senate committee on Culture, urged the association to focus on children cultural tourism engagements and use the podium as vehicle of national cultural tourism orientation and campaign for a united Nigeria.
“Your profiles and age long historical narratives sets up your association as the best group, to preach national unity. Rochas Foundation will be willing to collaborate and partner with you to bring our children together, teach them about of our rich culture, for without cultural education and knowledge, a nation and its people are lost forever and will never advance. So, look out for organisations and persons that can share your thoughts and dreams to unite Nigeria through cultural tourism exchanges, particularly among children.” Okorocha advised.
Susan Akporiaye who spoke earlier, shared the dreams of NANTA founding fathers, noting that nanta has remained focused and passionate about marketing Nigeria as a cultural tourism destination and has also contributed to the growth of Nigeria’ aviation down stream sector.
“We came here today to share our dreams and also learn from you on how we can package our cultural attributes. We have put in a process and commissioned a focal anti tribalism message targeted at uniting our members and Nigerians based on our experience and legacies of nanta founding fathers.”
“Your positions as chairman, senate committee and former governor, will no doubt help us advance and contribute to building national cohesion without which we cannot thrive as a nation and people. We are impressed with your support and sponsorship of the education of the Nigerian child, particularly the poor and down trodden. Rochas Foundation is a veritable vehicle and institution uniting Nigerian children and parents through education and its our intention to leverage on your experience in this regard to add value to our cultural tourism exchange programs which we shall launch soon, and praying you will come to chair the occasion when we call on you.” Mrs Akporiaye reiterated.