By Cliffsimeon Akalonu
Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano, has promised to assist National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), to rebrand Kano as a veritable cultural tourism destination on the West Coast of Africa.
Receiving the President of NANTA, Mrs Susan Akporiaye and her delegation on a curtsey visit to the palace recently, the Emir of Kano disclosed that Kano historically is at the centre of Trans Sahara trade and tourism, hence deserve the support of NANTA and foreign airlines to blossom again despite the challenges of covid 19 pandemic.
He noted that “Kano state has the oldest airport connecting the world and also a huge travel point for Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, so NANTA needs to help reposition the airport and Kano as a destination point for tourism.”
The Emir praised the leadership of NANTA for its intention to open a travel academy in Kano and also for its zonal office building project which is the first of its kind at zonal administration of NANTA in the country.
The Emir of Kano stated that he would mobilize both government and the people of Kano to ensure that the building which is at eighty percent completion, is fully completed and inaugurated.
He also appreciated NANTA for its foresight and affirmation in awarding him and Governor Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano, for making kano state the most peaceful state in Nigeria. Kano indeed, is peaceful and home to all Nigerians, and foreigners inclusive.
“We are honoured for your award to me as the most Eminent Traditional ruler and to my governor as the “Governor of the Year” for his strides in making Kano a peaceful destination.
Impressed with the leadership style of Susan Akporiaye of NANTA, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, informed NANTA to prepare for the Kano Durbar Festival which the association must package inclusively with air transportation, particularly for the Hajj pilgrimage.
In response, NANTA President thanked the Emir to help drive the completion of the NANTA zonal head office building which is expected to house a travel academy for Kano youths and women who will be availed with skill acquisition trainings.
Mrs. Akporiaye further explained that, “NANTA is proud to be associated with you and the governor of Kano state for the dedication and passion to keep Kano out of the troubles of insecurity, and for the stringent call to promote Kano as a cultural tourism and hospitality destination”.