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ATBOWATAN Sets Up Committee For Emir Of Borgu’s Investiture

Posted: Jun 28, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Abel Orukpe

The Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters of Nigeria (ATBOWATAN) has inaugurated a 10-man committee of experienced professionals and technocrats in ocean economy, tourism to coordinate events at the investiture of the Emir of Borgu.

The investiture is coming on the heels of the acceptance by the Emir to be association’s life patron.

President ATBOWATAN, Mr. Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, who made this known to journalists, stated that the committee would also drive the investiture activities and programmes of the Emir of Borgu as life patron of private sector regulator of water transportation in Nigeria.

He disclosed that recently, the Emir of Borgu, Mai Borgu, Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro III, accepted the appointment as life patron of the association in letter dated April 26.

Inaugurating the committee, the President ATBOWATAN stated that the investiture of the highly cerebral Emir of Borgu, a former Senator and FCT Minister as life patron was not only a call to honour the revered royal father   whose domain transcends the Kanji  and Jebba water bodies but  also to showcase the tourism potential of River Niger.

According to him, “this committee must help reinvent the benefits of Nigeria’s ocean economy and the employment windows therein and also to put together a world-class event that would unveil the critical interventions of Mai Borgu in aqua-culture, agriculture, solid minerals, ecological and water tourism.”

He charged the committee to come up with activities and programmes that would make the Emir’s investiture a world-class event that would not be forgotten in the industry of water transportation business in Nigeria.

Already, the committee has announced the third week in July as tentative date from the investiture.

Members of the committee included; Alhaji Nurudeen Muhammed, Tafideen Kaima as chairman, Chika Balogun, Director General, NIHOTOURS, Dr. Mubo Eniola, immediate former Permanent Secretary, Kogi State, Ministry of Tourism, Mallam Kabiru Mallan, President Association of Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ATPN), Mr. Muazu Sambo of National Inland Water Ways Authority (NIWA), Mr. Sola Ilupeju, Mr. John Best, ATPN (Jos branch), Mr. Richard Nta, Dredgers Association of Nigeria and Mr. Frank Meke.