The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has received the award of the Governor of Year from the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) for building a solid support base on tourism infrastructure and providing adequate security architecture.
While receiving the association’s delegation, Ganduje said he decided to restructure the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport facilities to provide the best air operations, which will make it attractive to international carriers and further boost trade and tourism services in the state.
The Vice- President of NANTA, Yinka Folami, who represented the President, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, stated that the tourism infrastructural development in Kano, the centre and hub of sub-Saharan trade route in Africa, will promote travel and tourism, which impacts positively on the livelihood of the majority of NANTA members and Nigerians.
He said: “Your achievements resonate with us as an association, and we felt you deserve our encouragement and support by way of this award of excellence which is not driven by any financial interest but out of firm resolve to discover and recognise leaders at the behest of building a new tourism Nigeria.
“We are not living in denial of our security challenges but we doff our hat to a governor who has proven that, in Nigeria, a cosmopolitan state such as Kano can really lead in performance and verifiable developmental milestones,” Fulani said.
In his response, the Governor said: “This award of excellence from NANTA is most welcome and evident of the true benefits of what we have done here. We must thank NANTA and assure you of our presence to receive the award in Abuja. We must add, security is the key to life and we invested heavily in community policing and no doubt, Kano is safe and home to all in Nigeria.”