Ticket fraud check: NANTA issues ID, holds AGM
By Lawani Mikairu
Following public outcry from air travelers that the National Association of Nigerian Travel Agents, NANTA, should develop and implement rules that can regulate the conduct and ethics of its members in their dealings with customers and airlines, the body insisted that every travel agent have the travel practitioner identity card to practice.
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NANTA President Bankole Bernard revealed this in Lagos during the pre-AGA press conference to announce the organization’s 43rd Annual General Meeting, AGA, scheduled for March 27, 2019 in Lagos.
Bernard said the “Travel Practitioner Identification Project” aims to verify the activities of fraudulent illegal tour operators and tour operators in the country. He also said that “the initiative would ensure that every tour operator and tour operator, whether owner or employee of a travel agency, must have an identity card with a unique identification number (UIN)”.
According to him, this year’s AGM on the theme: “Developing strategic policies for the sustainability of the growth of the travel and tourism industry” would have in the presence of prominent Nigerians and government officials who have expressed their interest. to facilitate the development and growth of the sector.
He also said the government, through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, needs to create an enabling environment for the growth of travel agents in Nigeria and stressed the need to fully enforce the Local Content Law. in Nigeria in the regulatory operations of travel agents in order to preserve the sector for the benefit of Nigerian citizens.
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He further stated that stakeholders in the air transport sector; airlines, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, and NANTA, must frequently share data insights to avoid conflicting numbers in industry data that hamper planning.
Among the dignitaries expected at the AGM are Minister of State, Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Managing Director, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Captain Muktar Usman who will be the keynote speaker, Managing Director, Nigeria Council of Arts and Council, NCAC, Otunba Segun Rusewe, NTDC Managing Director, Folorunsho Coker, a message of goodwill should be given by the former Speaker of the House of Lagos State Assembly, Mr. Jokotola Pelumi. The royal fathers of the day are the Emir of Kano and the Ooni of Ife.