The Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), led by the Chairman, Chief Samuel Alabi, have recently sworn-in the First Deputy President of the Federation, Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, as the Acting President following the untimely death of Alhaji Rabo Saleh Kareem, the immediate past President.
It will be recalled that the immediate past President of FTAN, Alhaji Rabo, died on the 16th of April 2021 in Abuja, after a protracted illness. He had since been buried according to Islamic rites. Since then, messages of condolences and commiserations have been expressed by national and international travel, hospitality and tourism stakeholders, praising the virtues of Alhaji Rabo.
Alhaji Rabo Saleh Kareem, the National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) passed away on April 16th 2021 at his Abuja residence, after a protracted illness.
Accordingly, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) condoles with the family of the late President and the entire tourism trade community in Nigeria. Alhaji Rabo will be remembered for his loving personality, tolerance of detractors, genteelness in leadership, camaraderie and go-getting spirit. He was a consummate travel and tourism professional and investor. He died being the Managing Director of All States Travels with office in the prestigious Transcorp Hilton Abuja.
- The Federal Ministry of Information & Culture should ensure effective coordination between the agencies of the Ministry and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria. This will reduce the incidence of Government and private tourism operators speaking at cross purposes in the administration and operation of the tourism industry.
- In the light of the 2013 Supreme Court Judgement, between NTDC and Lagos State Government, which stupulates that regulation of Tourism Services is the statutory purview State Governments, thereby limiting the supervisory roles hitherto performed by the NTDC, FTAN hereby calls on the Federal and State Governments, injunction with the organized private sector, to forthwith setup a 'Tourism Advisory Council' for Nigeria.