A High Ranking delegation from the Nigeria Military Defence College numbering forty (45) in personnel and led by the Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo, paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture on 13th February, 2020 in Accra.
The delegation was received by the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Honourable. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri.
Briefing the Hon. Minister, Air Commodore Kehinde Adebayo gave the rationale as being on a study tour, which is part of an assessment for Senior Military Officers in the Nigeria Defence Staff College to undertake before their passing out. D
He intimated that his team was also in the country for strategic reasons which anchors on exploring tourism prospects in Ghana, given the significant success chalked in the Year of Return programme organized by the Tourism Ministry.
Air Commodore Adebayo, stressed that The Year of Return" event was a major success for Ghana, and therefore, there was an ample need for the Nigeria Government to draw useful lessons from it in their quest for organizing similar programmes in the future.
He said the Ghana Government under His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has shown good leadership and innovative ways in turning the economic fortunes of Ghana’s tourism Sector, through the Year of Return concept and other polices targeted to boost the tourism sector in Ghana.
Air Commodore Adebayo, used the occasion to commend the Sector Minister for Tourism, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, and her able team in making significant strides in the Ghana’s Tourism landscape.
On his part, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi Barri, also commended the Nigeria Military delegation for chosing Ghana for their study tour, particularly the interest shown in our country and the appreciation of the changes taking place in the industry.
He said Ghana and Nigeria share a lot in common in terms of political History, and, therefore, both countries must endeavour to sustain the relationship, for the sociocultural and economic benefits to be evident.
Hon. Ziblim Iddi Barri, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament for the Gushegu Constituency in the Northern Region, stressed that Ghana’s DNA is very much integrated to the rest of the African countries and recognises that the country cannot achieve its tourism development agenda, unless it is linked to the rest of African.
He underscored that the Government of President Nana Akufo Addo, through his visionary leadership had positioned the tourism Sector to be the centre stage of his economic transformational agenda, hence, its elevation to the rank of a Cabinet status.
Hon. Dr. Ziblim Iddi, further disclosed that Government has taken another bold step to launch Beyond the Year of Return concept, which anchors on Investment facilitation for the Diaspora, in the areas of trade facilitation, citizenship acquisition and establishing a Diaspora Village which are yet to be officially out-doored.
A Deputy Director in charge of Budget, Mr. Gabriel Tandoh, took the team through an insightful presentation on tourism attraction sites and prospects that the country holds for the Tourism sector.
At the end of the presentation, the leader of the delegation and his team expressed their delight for exposing them to such great wealth of knowledge.
Present at the ceremony, were the Chief Director of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, the Acting Director of Research and Information Management, Mrs. Mabel Cudjoe and the Public Relations Officer of the Tourism Ministry, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.