Going forward, we plead to every one of us, to bury the hatchet. To proactively lend your supporting hands, even as you constructively criticize us! We won’t take it personal. Believe it, we are here to serve you. We understand such is the responsibility of leadership.
PLEASE, FTAN, let all our good hands, be on-deck!
We are not under any illusion of the enormous responsibilities you reposed on us here. Membership of FTAN Exco is by no-means a “time for tea-break’, nor a “walk in the park”. This is a tough job! And we can ONLY make a success of it, if all the FTAN families give their individual support and corporate assistance.
As Exco Members, we are certainly not the most qualified to lead; albeit we are determined do so, by the grace of God. To this end, we have adopted the universal principle of ‘Servant Leadership’ in administering our various portfolios. Accordingly, we would operate a transparent and equal opportunity administrative system. We shall all be open and accountable to you and every FTAN Member.
Later today, after all inauguration and hand-over events, we, the new Exco Members, shall meet to agree on our common vision for management strategy and development plans for FTAN at national and zonal levels, as already enumerated in our manifesto.
Nevertheless, recent events preceding this FTAN election indicate that FTAN’s subsisting operating structures need urgent resetting. Hence, we shall immediately setup a “Constitution Review & allied Matters Committee”. This Committee shall compose of, at least, one person from all the existing FTAN Member Associations. We shall communicate the Committee’s Terms and Reference details to you shortly.
Resetting FTAN is instrumental to the eventual development of Nigeria’s tourism industry. Tourism is community-based. Hence, I will rather FTAN Zones are constitutionally empowered to execute management functions that catalyze regional and States tourism development in their respective zones. In fact, personally, I think we should henceforth consider the rotation to FTAN major events around our FTAN zones, so that we can all become more familiar with local challenges and work to resolve them.
Notwithstanding, we shall relentlessly work to ensure that government agencies and the broader private industries in Nigeria become actively aware of FTAN‘s activities and programs. More so, we would engage the present government’s ‘Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria’ drives to fully integrate templates that facilitate domestic and inbound tourism sectors in Nigeria.
Further to, it is high time FTAN invested more in constructive engagements with Nigeria’s tourism stakeholders, including all tiers of governments and the organized private sector. This new Exco, under my leadership, would source funding and allocate resources to promote FTAN services across Nigeria, and at our tourist source markets abroad. We would aggressively deploy new media structures and also invest in other marketing programs such as foreign roadshows and international travel markets exhibition.
I wish to use this opportunity to thank the BOT Chairman, outgoing FTAN President and his Exco for their support and achievement towards the growth of FTAN. I wish to assure them that we shall build on their achievements and take FTAN to a greater height by the end of our tenure.
Finally, I dare say, this is a momentous time in the development of hospitality, travel and tourism industries in Nigeria. You see, history would record our actions and inactions per every situation, and posterity would judge us accordingly; both the Exco and the entire FTAN Member Associations. So, from now, let us all seize this opportunity and work as a team.
I implore every FTAN Member, by Association, to selflessly support us in the Exco. No man is an Island: the Excos cannot do it alone. And, FTAN cannot get to any desired Promised Land excerpt Members reach-out their helping hands. Let us all agree to mend fences and work together in this voyage of tourism development in Nigeria.
And God bless you ALL.
Long live FTAN.
Long live tourism in Nigeria.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thank you all for listening.