We are all a product of God’s mercy, and so should tread softly when God’s grace is extended to us, this is the message the gifted, talented and anointed music minister, song writer and a devout worshipper Chichi Zawmah said as she marks her birthday with a debut single titled ‘‘Mercy’’ recently in Abuja.
A petition seen by SaharaReporters has fingered Grace Gepke, Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Information and Culture, in a multi-million naira fraud. According to the document, the minister in charge of the ministry, Lai Mohammed, was instrumental to the release of millions of naira for different unexecuted projects. The petitioner, Clifford Ume, in the document addressed to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel to look into the activities Gepke, alleged flagrant abuse of office and massive corrupt practices by the official.
Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has advocated the use of culture as a therapy against Covid-19 pandemic. Stressing the potency of culture to address all human challenges, he said that culture is the totality of the ways of life of a people and therefore could be employed to solve all human problems.
In his words, the NCAC boss noted that the same way Medical Doctors use theatre as a place to heal the sick, and Artists use the theatre to educate and entertain, culture is a theatre of the mind and soul.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other unions in the tourism and hotel industry have rejected the plan by some notable hotels in the country to owe workers’ salaries under the pretext of COVID-19 pandemic. The unions said they are already engaging the managements of the hotels from their deliberate attempt to owe workers, March and April salaries.
President of the Hotel and Personal Service Senior Staff Association (HAPSSSA), Adegbe Iyeh, said some employers in the industry are taking some actions contrary to industrial relations rules, which may jeopardize industrial peace in the sector.
In a bid to revive the Obudu Ranch Resort, the Government of Cross River has carried out repairs and maintenance of the cable-car at the resort. Mr Bobby Ekpeyong, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Obudu Ranch Resort, during the test-run on Monday at the ranch in Obudu, said Gov. Ben Ayade was fully committed to bringing the resort back to life. Ekpenyong added that the governor’s commitment was to ensure the resort regained its pride of place in the tourism and hospitality sector of the country.
The Bauchi State Government recently announced the closure of Yankari Game Reserve in order to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. The State's Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Moddibbo Abdulkadir told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi that the decision to close the Yankari Game Reserve to the public was in conformity with the to State government public health guidelines on the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic. He said that although, hand washing facilities, sanitizers, scanners and other required items were provided in the popular game reserve, the need to restrict activities in the tourist site is in the best interest of visitors and staff.
The spiraling negative impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria’s hospitality and tourism sectors led the current leadership of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to embark on sensitization visits to tourism facilities in Nigeria. Starting with Abuja yesterday, March 19th 2020, the President of FTAN, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, led a team of the Federation’s executive members to leading hospitality outlets including Transcorp Hilton hotel, Rockview Hotels and Kapital Klub Apartments.
The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has expressed confidence that Nigeria’s health officials’ effort at containing the Corona Virus would be successful, and that the Covid-19 scare should not stop leisure and business tourists from visiting Nigeria. The Tourism Federation gave this assurance on the culmination of their Governing Council Meeting held in Abuja March 5th 2020.