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Institute commends Tinubu on stand-alone tourism ministry



Abiodun Odusanwo, President ITPN

Mr Abiodun Odusanwo, the National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), has commended President Bola Tinubu for creating a stand-alone Federal Ministry of Tourism.


Odusanwo, in a statement on Friday in Abuja said the tourism industry would now be given full commitment and effective concentration to make it thrive and bring in the desired benefits.


He described the development as a strategic move by the government to embrace tourism as a key driver of socio-economic growth in the country.

According to him, the industry never had a stand-alone tourism ministry, adding that this would take the sector to the next level.

“Government is the unifying and rallying point for all private sector operators in the sector to look up to, for the provision of better policy directives.

“They make provision of necessary infrastructure for Nigeria to be transformed into a compelling, highly competitive and preferred destination.

The newly appointed Minister of Tourism Ms Lola Ade-John.

The ITPN boss, while felicitating the newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Ms. Lola Ade-John, urged her to bring her wealth of experience as an IT specialist into tourism.

He added that Ade-John being a resource manager has the capacity to run the ministry in view of the enormous socio-economic potential of the nation’s tourism resources.

“Nigeria is greatly endowed with huge tourism potential waiting to be tapped.
“The minister should see her appointment as a clarion call to grow and develop the country’s tourism sector via the creative application of modern technology.

” The modern technology which is capable of generating great revenue, creating job opportunities, fighting poverty and revamping the national economy.

“The industry players and critical stakeholders in the sector look up to the minister, to run the affairs of the ministry with that ‘orchestra-conductor’ relationship, with the objective of re-positioning the ministry as a viable government body.

“For purposeful leadership guidance and direction, functional policy formulations, and implementable high-tech solutions that will create the enabling environment for operators of the industry at both public and private sector levels to thrive,” he added
Odusanwo further said that the call for a stand-alone tourism ministry had been on for a very long time.

” It is hoped that the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’. of government will truly breath a renewed hope in the Nigerian tourism industry, for better performance in the nation’s socio-economic facet,” he said.
He further said that ITPN, as nation’s premier professional body in tourism, hospitality and related trades, would continue to ensure high level of competent professional practices in the industry.

He added that ITPN would put in check the wanton and unwholesome infiltration and practices of quacks within the professional fold of the industry.

He called on all stakeholders and key players in the industry to instill professional competence in their operations and rally around the new minister.

He added that such supports would go a long way in helping her to achieve a successful administration of the ministry.

He said that it would also ensure better results and greater outcome for the industry and good of the country.


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie



Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.


According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.


He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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