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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.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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