INAUGURATION OF STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE LAGOS ZONE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA TRAVEL AGENCIES (NANTA) OCTOBER 21, 2020

INAUGURATION OF STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE LAGOS ZONE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA TRAVEL AGENCIES (NANTA) OCTOBER 21, 2020

At the formal inauguration of standing committees of the Lagos Zone of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), on October 21, 2020, Mr. Yinka Folami (VP, NANTA Lagos Zone) again acknowledge the Covid 19 containment protocols of the different arms/agencies of Government and extended prayers and best wishes to the traveling publics, aviation stakeholders, and the entire Nigerian community. In his words, as we begin to stabilize, from the devastating effects of the Covid 19 Pandemic, we urge that there is no loss of concentration and that we continue to abide, strictly, with the set protocols.

He thanked the following that were present at this inaugural session as follows:
• The National President of NANTA; Mrs. Susan Akporiaye
• National Officers of NANTA
o Mr. Daisi Olotu
o Mr. Yinka Ladipo
o Mr. Yinka Olapade
• NANTA Lagos Zone Officers
o Mrs. Lola Adewole (Our immediate past VP and an example for leadership continuation)
o Ms. Bukola Aliu
o Mr. Taiwo Oludayo
o Mr. Kola Anigioro
o Mr. Isaac Iwafemi
o Alhaji Monsuru Oyebola
o Mr. Yinka Folami
• The Amazon; Mrs Tinuke Nwakohu
• And the distinguished members of the committees for which they were gathered

1) TRAVEL POLICY AND STANDARDS COMMITTEE

• Responsible for monitoring and advising approaches, travel policies, and practices to achieve balance in the travel trade in the Lagos market:
• Mr. Chudi Aligwekwe
• Mrs. Omonike Adesokan
• Mrs. Chinwe Eluchie
• Mrs. Funmilayo Oriola
• Mrs. Yinka Eniayekan
• Mr. Nwankwo Ifeanyi
• Ms. Bukola Aliu (Exco Observer)

2) CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
Responsible for interpreting the Code of Conduct as stipulated in the NANTA Constitution and administer standards which NANTA Members must comply with:
• Mrs. Arit Tunde-Imoyo
• Mrs. Olubunmi Lawal
• Mrs Folakemi Fatade
• Mr. Alabi Kazeem Ishola
• Mrs. Adetunji Farinu
• Mrs. Lola Adefope
• Mr. Oluwasanmi Shobayo
• Mrs. Lola Adewole (Exco Observer)

3) ADVOCACY & OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships/partnerships with both active and passive members of NANTA and with stakeholders:
• Mr. Efetobo Awhana
• Mr. Adekunle Oluwole
• Mrs. Joanna Owolabi
• Mrs. Taiwo Omoifoh
• Mrs. Abimbola Abiona
• Mrs. Elohor Kagho
• Mrs. Eke Stella
• Mr. Taiwo Oludayo (Exco Observer)

Mr. Folami also recalled the success of the NANTA CSR Committee set up to provide relief to families within the vicinity of the NANTA headquarters in Lagos (Fadeyi, Ikorodu Road) and to support the Covid 19 Safety Protocols by distributing 1500 Face-Masks to Aviation Frontline workers (FAAN, NCAA, IATA, Bi-Courtney, Immigrations, Airport/Airline Check-In Personnel, and travelling passengers). According to him, this was successfully executed in August 2020, and because the Association needs to maintain a culture of giving back to society, he also, formally declared the CSR Committee as a standing Committee with the following members
1) Mrs. Ima Victor-Ekpo
2) Mrs. Tinuke Nwakohu
3) Mrs. Adelola Adewole
4) Mrs. Maryanne Onuoha
5) Mrs. Joanna Owolabi
6) Mr. Taiwo Oludayo
7) Mr. Isaac Iwafemi (Exco Observer)

For Legal Compliance and enforcements, Mr. Folami announced Mrs. Tinuke Nwakohu, a Legal Practitioner and travel industry veteran, to provide supervisory oversights for Legal compliance of decisions and action plans generated by all four committees.

After the formal declarations, Mr. Yinka Folami (VP NANTA Lagos Zone) went on to acknowledge the activities led by the National President of NANTA, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, to train, renew, adapt, and embrace the challenges of Covid 19 and its severe impact on the Travel Trade. According to him NANTA is set to further engage disciplined professional practices of its members, recognition by regulators, and connection with stakeholders, particularly the Nigerian traveling publics.

In Mr. Folami’s final remarks, he confirmed that during the past 7 months, the Executive Council of the Lagos Zone had received several complaints from unsuspecting travelers that had fallen scam-victims to imposters (touts) that parade as Travel Agents. His advice to travelers is ‘’before you make that payment for your travel ticket, confirm that the agent is NANTA certified. To the faceless Briefcase Agents, his advice is to sign up with NANTA for disciplined practice or get out of the travel trade, ‘’your time is up and our committees are coming after you’’.

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