The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has expressed readiness to assist National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), to rebrand Kano as a veritable cultural tourism destination on the West Coast of Africa.
The monarch who made the remark while receiving the President of Nanta, Mrs Susan Akporiaye and her delegation who paid him a courtesy visit in his palace, pointed out that Kano historically was at centre of Trans Sahara trade and tourism, hence deserve the support of nanta and foreign airlines to reawaken from the challenges of covid 19 pandemic.
“Our people are notable travellers and traders. We have the oldest airport connecting the world and also a huge travel point for Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, so nanta needs to help reposition the airport and Kano as a destination.”the emir stated.He commended the leadership of nanta for its plan to open a travel academy in Kano state and also for its zonal office building project which is the first of its kind at zonal administration of nanta in country., adding that he would mobilize both government and the people of Kano to ensure that the building is fully completed and inaugurated.
On the Award bestowed upon him and the governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, for making Kano the most peaceful state in Nigeria, the Emir commended the association for its foresight and affirmation that Kano indeed is peaceful and home to all Nigerians, and foreigners inclusive.
” We are honoured for your award to me as the most Eminent Traditional ruler and to my governor as the “Governor of the Year” for his strides in making Kano a peaceful destination. I will try my best to reach out to the governor and to see how we shall be at your national event in Abuja in November.” the Emir, stated.
Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, said nanta should prepare for the Kano Durbar Festival which the association must package inclusively with air transportation, particularly for the Hajj pilgrimage.
Speaking earlier, nanta President appealed to the Emir to help drive the completion of the Nanta zonal head office building which is expected to house a travel academy for Kano youths and women who will ba availed with skill acquisition trainings.
Mrs Akporiaye also briefed the Emir on nanta’s preparation to have him as the Royal father of the day at its prestigious Eminent Nanta Award in abuja come November, where also the Emir will be conferred with the Most Eminent Traditional ruler award for the peace and security in Kano state, Nigeria.
Mrs Akporiaye said NANTA is proud to be associated with the Emir and the governor of Kano state for the dedication and passion to keep Kano out of the troubles of insecurity, and for the stringent call to promote Kano as a cultural tourism and hospitality destination.