TRAVEL & BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE’S COMMITMENT TO RAISING FUTURE AIR TRAVEL GIANTS COMES ALIVE AT NTEC 2017

TRAVEL & BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE’S COMMITMENT TO RAISING FUTURE AIR TRAVEL GIANTS COMES ALIVE AT NTEC 2017

The Grand Finale of the 8th National Travel Essay Competition (NTEC) and the 7th Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES) 2017, held on Saturday 27th May 2017 at the training centre of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority Annex, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja-Lagos Nigeria, brought to limelight the organizer’s  commitment to Raising Future Giants for the Air Travel Sector. This commitment was the central theme of the organisation’s Writing Contest which brought to a climax a six-month long process of entries being sent in by interested participants from secondary schools and tertiary institutions to compete for laurels in two separate categories, the secondary and the tertiary schools categories.

Founder and National Coordinator NTEC, Mr. Ewos Iroro, said that over the years, the National Travel Essay Competition has succeeded in stimulating the interests of many young Nigerians for the Air Transport Industry by engaging them through the writing contest as well as several school outreach programmes and field trips. He added that in line with the objectives of establishing the writing contest and youth empowerment forum, several of its past winners are now studying to follow a career in the aviation industry.

Daikpor Edeseimi Immaculata

NTEC 2017 was particularly unique in the quality of entries received from co-participants and the winners that emerged from both categories. In the Secondary schools category, Miss Daikpor Edeseimi Immaculata a student of International School (UNILAG) Lagos, was declared the winner, they were the founding winners of the maiden edition of the event and runner ups for six straight years of the contest in the secondary school category. The second place was won by Obianwu Ofunneka Vivian a student of His Grace Academy, Olambe, Ogun state while Yinka-Banjo Victory a student of Princeton College, Surulere, Lagos clinched the third place.

 

LAWSON AND SAA STAFF

Miss Lawson Peace Jesulayomi a twenty year old student of the University of Lagos after competing in NTEC for four straight years as a runner-up candidate, eventually became the champion in the university category.  Iheme Thelma Chinenye a student of Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger state came second while the third place winner was Kyllians Emmanuella – a student of Alcorn State University, Mississippi, USA. Indeed their success stories prove beyond doubt their determination, doggedness and passion to remain relevant in impacting the industry for good, a drive that has truly geared the rise of future air travel giants.

Mr Afeez Balogun, Country Manager, Kenya Airways charged up the minds of the youth by encouraging them with his success story and rise to domination from his little beginning of entering into the industry as a ticketing officer to being director and manager for other renowned aviation companies like Rwand Air and Kenya Airways. He spoke of passion and drive to see the industry grow, he also challenged the youths to be determined in pursuing and actualizing their goals and dreams irrespective of the challenges they face in the success race.

Engineer Ifeanyi Ogochukwu an invited guest spoke on cyber-crime, highlighted the latest trend of crime that is surfacing the African travel space, taking the continent in shock and attracting the focus of industry practitioners from not only issues of terrorism and security but also of virtual crime (in the form of Malware, system hacking and other aircraft system virus entry) which is particularly a major cause of air crash and system damage in the continent today. The specialist canvassed for more of funding, research and discussion to be put in place to tackle this menace.

Invited guests like the keynote speaker Captain Muhtar Usman, DG, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Captain Dele Ore- Chairman Independent Panel of Assessors, NTEC 2017; Senator Haidi Sirika, Honourable Minister of State for Aviation and Princess Titilayo Owolabi Akerele, Honourable Member, Ekiti State House of Assembly all encouraged the students and youths to brace up to the task of being solution providers in the aviation sector and giants in the industry. They also made constructive criticisms on their assessment of the quality of participant’s write-up and oral defense of their papers.

 

MR EWOS IRORO WITH WINNERS

Other highlights include award and book presentations as well as prize presentation to the essay competition winners in terms of cash and free tickets to either South Africa (first place), Ghana (second place) or any destination in Nigeria to the third-place winner in the two categories of the essay contest all courtesy of South African Airways, African World Airlines (AWA) and Dana Air respectively. Sabre Travel Network, a topmost travel agency also gave out free scholarships to five youths to be trained in their highly recognized air-ticketing course as a result of their sponsored raffle draw.

FAUSTINA HANDING OVER TO IMMACULATA

Also at the event, handover session and motivational talk to participants was drawn from last year champions- Miss. Otti Faustina (secondary school category winner and aviation ambassador) and Mr. Epemolu Oladipupo (winner, tertiary institution category).

NTEC 2017 also pulled sponsorship from the following- The African Business Travel Association (ABTA), Bristow Helicopters, Egypt Air, OCP, The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and The Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Even with growing support, the organizers still implored other notable entities to associate themselves with this worthy cause and also see to the fact that proof of recognition is given to candidates that come for the programme which would help boost the credibility and endorsement of the event in the international travel space.

Next year’s edition would bring out better participants that would showcase their writing prowess and dazzle the team of assessors, runner ups would come out stronger and new faces would birth out to storm the aviation industry for good, most of which would become future aviation practitioners and giants in their own rights; the world should expect nothing but the best.

Congratulations to Travel and Business News Magazine Management, organisers of this event.

E-mail: travelbusinessnews@yahoo.co.uk, Blogspot: travelandbusinessnews.blogspot.com.

VIVIAN WITH CAPT DELE ORE AND IRORO

VICTORY-WITH-CAPT-DELE-ORE-AND-IRORO

IRORO WITH FAUSTINA AND FAMILY

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