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Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi, Ooni Of Ife, Aare Gani Adams, President NBCC Bisi Adeyemi, LCCI President Asiwaju Mike Olawale-Cole, ESV Victor Alonge, Others Attend Otunba Ayodele Olumoko’s Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

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Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

…Don’t complain there is unemployment in Nigeria because there is always a job in the tourism industry – Chief Michael Ade-Ojo

…As Dr. Mesewaku Babatunde was inducted as Chairman, Institute for Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ITPN) Lagos State Chapter

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The investiture ceremony of the Vice President, South West Zone of the Institute For Tourism Professionals Of Nigeria, (ITPN) Otunba Ayodele Michael Olumoko, FITPN, FICA, FIoD at the Eko Hotel & Suite, Victoria Island on Thursday, April 7th, 2022.

The investiture ceremony hosted top dignitaries in the society and in the tourism sector.

Otunba Ayodele Michael Olumoko, an accomplished Integrated Marketing Communications Specialist with a special interest in Community Culture relations. He is the Chief Festival Consultant to major Community Festivals like the UNESCO Listed OSUN GROVE with OSUN OSOGBO Festival (1999 through May 2019), Olojo Festival, and a host of others that his Corporate organization undertakes.

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

Chairman of the day, Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo accompanied by his beautiful wife, Chief Mrs. Taiwo Ade-Ojo in his opening remarks said: tourism is a very big world that has not been demeanor in any way, he urged the government and well-meaning Nigerians to recognize the tourism industry that belongs to the rich and the poor because the natural wheel has been discovered for tourist to spend their money and observe the holiday.

While speaking further, Chief Ade-Ojo said Nigerians are very creative and always have something to show but were yet to develop it because tourism is a trade for the rich and the poor. Don’t complain there is unemployment in Nigeria because there is always a job in the tourism sector.

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture
Left-Right: Oba Alara representing Ooni of Ife and Otunba Ayodele Micheal Olumoko

View a video of the event, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngx_CvZqLY0

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Chief Micheal Ade-Ojo, Wife Taiwo Ade-Ojo, Ooni Of Ife, Aare Gani Adams, Others Attend Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Sunmonu Gbenga, President of Nigerian Hotel and Catering Institute, Chief Michael Ade Ojo, Chairman of the occasion, Otunba Ayodele Olumoko, and Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, during the In Investiture ceremony of Otunba Ayodele Olumoko as Vice President, institute of tourism professionals of Nigeria, held in Lagos
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Left-Right: Guest Speaker ESV Victor Adekunle Alonge and Otunba Ayodele Micheal Olumoko

The Guest Speaker, 2nd Vice President, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), and Senior Partner, Nelson Thorpe Alonge, Mr. Victor Adekunle Alonge, FNIVS FRICS RSV ACIArb F.IoD who spoke on a topic titled: Tourism in a Hyperconnected World: The Challenges and Opportunities for the Nigerian Tourism Industry, said as the world continues to integrate more than ever before, people and organizations are connecting more and in different ways, than they ever have in the past. This interconnectedness promotes international trade agreements, global business activity, and telecommunication networks among others. The activities often require travel and visitation, making globalization a precursor of tourism. Besides, tourism has emerged as an essential component of societal life, most especially in the developed world as it is increasingly relied upon to meet the recreational and leisure needs of people. Tourism is a strong pillar of sustainable development for both developed and emerging economies. Little wonder that tourism is a vital component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – Goal 8, reflecting its relevance in global reckoning.

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Left-Right: Otunba Ayodele Olumoko and Dr. Mesewaku Babatunde inducted as Chairman, Institute for Tourism Practitioners of Nigeria (ITPN) Lagos State Chapter
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone
Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko, Vice President South West Zone of Institute of Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) in his acceptance speech, said: “I appreciate the Special Guest of Honour and Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu, who has not only honored us with his presence here today but has shown recognition and acknowledgment for Tourism so much so that Tourism is one of the pillars of development of Lagos State under his administration. 

“I wholeheartedly thank the Chairman of this Investiture Ceremony, a tireless and visionary industrialist and great entrepreneur of our time, Chief (Dr.) Michael Ade Ojo, OON who out of his very tight schedules honored us with his esteemed presence and exceptional chairmanship of today’s event. I would also want to thank and indeed say that it is a great honor and privilege for the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) and me, in particular, to be honored by having in attendance and here present at my investiture today the, Royal Father of the Day, Oonirisa Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, Arole Ooduwa, Olofin Adimula, The Ooni of Ife and the Co-chairman of  National  Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN);  The Guest of Honour, President and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce, Asiwaju Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, CON, FNIM, CNIM; the President and Chairman of Council  Institute of Directors (IoD – Nigeria, Dr. (Mrs.) Ije Jidenma, F.IoD; Chairman of the Board of Trustee of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Chief S.O. Alabi, The Iyalaje Oduduwa, Chief (Mrs.) Toyin Kolade.

Thank you, our Guest Speaker, Victor Alonge, FNIVIS, FRICS, F.IoD, Senior Partner, Nelson Thorpe Alonge Estate Surveyors & Valuers, and 2nd Vice President, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors & Valuers (NIESV), whose presentation today has not only been enlightening but also incisive.  I also acknowledge and say thank you to all of you distinguished ladies and gentlemen who made it a point of duty to be here today despite your other important engagements.

“I am encouraged by your distinguished and esteemed presence here today. It is for me a pointer of confidence, that with your support the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria in the South West, during my tenure as Vice President, South West, will not only witness tremendous progress and support but will strive to be the most outstanding and accomplished region of the Institute operations with a vision for the Institute to emerge stronger in the years ahead.

“I would also like to thank the President and Chairman of the Governing Council of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), Aare Abiodun Odusanwo, FITPN, who took a chance on me years ago when he recommended me as a member of the Council of the Institute. It has been a great privilege to be a part of this leading sector professional body and Aare Abiodun Odusanwo has been a role model and a friend. I am sure his support is one of the reasons why I am here today. I would also not be here today but for the decision of the Governing Council of the Institute.  I would like to thank the members of the Council. I am grateful for the trust they have placed in me, and I will work to justify their faith, the opportunity given me to serve, and to earn your trust.”

I’d like to thank my nuclear family for joining me on this journey. I am happy to note that my wife and children have been incredibly supportive all the way. And last but not least, I would like to thank all the members of the Tourism family here present, who recognize as much as I do that this is an important moment in the history of Tourism Human Capital Development, and Tourism education in Nigeria and the South West region in particular. South West is endowed with remarkable talents and skills capable of making the region the most outstanding in Tourism and Hospitality service delivery in Nigeria with the appropriate guidance and skills development and professional training. For those of you who don’t know much about the Institute before now, you will soon come to realize that the best thing about my becoming the vice president of ITPN South West, is the Institute’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of professional competence to its members, setting national professional standards and providing professional development opportunities through qualifications, training courses and events in Tourism and Hospitality is now at very doorsteps of states and communities in the southwest.

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

The southwest zone of the nation is one of the blessed regions in Nigeria with abundant tourism potential that if properly and well harnessed will provide solutions to the growing problems of unemployment in Nigeria. Tourism is a wide sector, a multidisciplinary phenomenon that interfaces with many other sectors of development like Transport, Health, Environment, Legal, Insurance, Agriculture, Finance, Construction, etc. Tourism as an industry has proven over the years to be the largest employer of labor with the capacity to create 1/10 of global employment, the second-highest foreign exchange earner after oil and Gas, it contributed about 10.4% to global GDP in 2019. Tourism has become a major industry and key sector upon which the economy of the developed nations of the world is built. We can achieve this for Nigeria, especially the South West with the resources at our disposal.

The Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) was established with the basic mandate to develop and administer qualifications; approve and monitor training centers and learning providers; provide continuous Professional Development for Private Sector and public service personnel from entry to the professional level; award certificates and membership for every category of staff at different levels of skills, autonomy, and responsibilities for the industry but we shall be taking this mandate a step further to integrate all the nuances of tourism promotions and development.

Back to why I am here. I’m here because my humble self, Ayodele Michael Olumoko believes deeply in the power of tourism education, training, and skills development as well as in the power and goodness of this remarkable Institute. I have stayed and practiced long enough in the industry to recognize the development and economic gaps that sparse professional competence, lack of recognized standards of entry-level and management training appropriate to the needs of the tourism, hotel, and travel industries have created between where we should be and where we are present.

The basic truth is that the opportunities and experiences the Institute is bringing to bear are not only beginning to change the performance and delivery profile of the industry but has earned her the Award of the ISO 9001 Certification from the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) as well as acknowledgment as the premier sector national accredited awarding and certification body in Nigeria for Tourism and Hospitality with the Institute’s president also holding the office of the National Sector Skills Council for Tourism in Nigeria thus facilitating the opening doors for Tourism and Hospitality professionalism and Skills development as well as standards that many never knew existed.

This is why I consider my investiture today as a great call to duty and a unique opportunity to serve. I honestly care most about the Institute’s concern to make a difference in the human capacity and professional profile of this industry and I will spare no efforts in this stride as I believe in the power of this institute to make the industry a better place for members, the industry, the economy, and indeed the South West region.

We live in rowdy times. In an era of deep societal divisions and skepticism, diminished civility, an era where there is too much suffering and stagnation; an era where the pursuit of quick gains has overtaken the love for knowledge, education, training, and cultural values yet we must have a vision for moving forward and building competence and appropriate human capital. Vision for moving forward, in order to be compelling and workable, must be a shared vision and that is exactly what it is going to be and to happen during my tenure.

It is in the above regard that I am sure you all are curious to know what exactly I hope to do during my time here. But it would be trivial and rude to spell out priorities in detail without first resuming into the office and without speaking with members of the industry, the leadership of the states that make up the southwest, and friends as well as getting a sense of your aspirations. I do not lack ideas or opinions, for better of the sector and the industry. What I can say is that I will work with all of you, the industry and the state to make this Institute in the South West the very best it can be and to live out its core values and mandate as well help states and practitioners in the region to boost their tourism performance. This will be my goal beyond any doubt and this for me means confronting and understanding this Institute’s past. It means appreciating that the success of this Institute will be intertwined with the performance of the Tourism and Hospitality industry. It also means that we understand and learn from our past and always keep our eyes on the future, recognizing that it is ours to shape.

I am excited to be the pioneer southwest vice president of the institute, though I recognize and appreciate that the challenge and task ahead are enormous. I am fully committed to making the institute’s presence to be felt in each of the states that make up the region through creative and meaningful industry and life-impacting programs and activities, and meaningful collaborations.

Let me end by making one promise that I know I can keep. This is that, throughout my tenor, I will follow the mandate of the institute but I promise that I will carefully listen and will look forward to hearing both your concerns and your aspirations for the Institute in the South West and indeed Nigeria, he concluded.

Zonal Technical Adviser ITPN, Charles Ukomadu, the Chief Executive Officer of Crownworth Consulting, a leading company in Tourism and Destination Management, Capacity Building, and Competency Development. He is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the company through the application of industry-leading best practices and the development of tools and process that propels performance culture. He is a visiting faculty member of the Umuahia based South East Entrepreneurship Development Center (SEEDC).

Otunba Ayodele Olumoko's Investiture As Vice President ITPN South West Zone

Know More About Otunba Ayodele Micheal Olumoko: He is the Founder and MD/CEO of INFOGEM LIMITED, a business and marketing communications outfit with a head office in Lagos State and a regional office in Osogbo, Osun State.

Otunba Ayo Olumoko is also the Chairman of McLeads Consulting and Yempat Rosy & Associate. He was a Council member of the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) from 2015 to July 2021, Nigeria’s culture, tourism, travel, and hospitality professional body where he is a past Chairman for the Lagos Chapter, the 2nd National Deputy President, and the Immediate Past Vice President (South-West). He is currently the South-West Vice
President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN).

Otunba Ayo Olumoko is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (F.loD), Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (F.ICA) and a Fellow of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (FITPN). He is a member of the international service organization, the Rotary Club. Where he served as the District Rotaract Representative for all Rotaractors in Lagos and Ogun States and was adjudged the best in Rotaract worldwide in 1991.
He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Ikeja and a Past Assistant Governor, Past Zonal Coordinator, and currently Chairman, of the Awards and Recognition Committee for all 130 Rotary Clubs administration in Rotary District 9110, Nigeria.

Otunba Ayo Olumoko has travelled far and wide. He is a Culture promoter, strategist, leader, motivator, and role model to the younger generation in culture, tourism, travel, and the creative industry. Otunba Michael Ayodele Olumoko is a Christian by faith and a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He is married with children.

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Migration In Africa: IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building

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IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building

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Ms. Daphné Bouteillet-Paquet, the IOM Belgium, Project Lead for The Migration of African Talents through Capacity building and Hiring (MATCH) has commended the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM), for the supportive, positive, and corrective feedback to help evaluate the outcome of the Project.

Bouteillet-Paquet, who led a delegation of IOM Belgium staff, stated this during a review meeting with the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa in Abuja.

She stated that the MATCH project is a 36- month initiative which kicked off on the 31st of January, 2020, and is funded by the European Union (EU) aimed at providing highly skilled talents to private sector companies whose needs for qualified staff cannot be satisfied by the offer available on the EU labour market.

IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building
IOM Team Lead Hails NiDCOM For Capacity Building

The Project Lead added that this has enabled young graduates from Nigeria and Senegal to work for companies in four EU member states.

She noted that as applicants register on MATCH, companies from Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg will be supported with the sourcing and recruiting of African talents from Senegal and Nigeria.

The scheme, according to her,  is aimed at upscaling young migrants’ skills and increasing their employability, while addressing EU labour market shortages and contributing, in the longer term, to the development of Nigeria and Senegal.

Bouteillet-Paquet stressed that the project has implemented complementary activities such as skills development, capacity building, and knowledge sharing between the participating EU and African countries.

The IOM Belgium Project lead expressed the importance to have proper evaluation and feedback to help in the next project, as the first project will be ending in December 2022.

Receiving the delegation, (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM), says pre-departure seminars and capacity-building training should be held for applicants of the MATCH project.

Represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Engr. Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, stated this during the review meeting.

Bassi equally stressed that the recruiting of Nigerian talents should not be a one-way street, but must be beneficial to the country of origin and a bilateral labour agreement should be created.

He, however, suggested that a Memorandum of Understanding be drafted for the approval of the parties concerned.

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Dabiri-Erewa Applauds Diasporas Contributions To Nigerian Economy As Diaspora Remittances Increases

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Dabiri-Erewa applauds diasporas contributions to the Nigerian economy as diaspora remittances increases

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Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has commended Nigerians in the Diaspora on the rise of remittances in the first quarter of the year, by 20.3 per cent, representing the seventh consecutive quarterly increase in diaspora remittances since last quarter in 2020.

In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun,  Dabiri-Erewa said that increase in remittances by Nigerians abroad which has played a significant role in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), has a great impact on the socio-economic growth of the country

She said, “As the world recovers from the global pandemic and confronts instability of many kinds, we want to honor the efforts of all those who continue to support their loved ones despite the challenging circumstances.”

According to the NIDCOM boss, the recent figures released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) showed an increase in remittances in quarter one of 2022 to $5.16 billion from $ 4.29 billion same period in 2021.

Also, the ‘Naira 4 Dollar Scheme’ created by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2021, attracted $2.4 billion in diaspora remittances within eight months, surpassing the figure reported in 2021.

She said NiDCOM will continue to push for more engagement with our diaspora who are an indisputable economic factor and are becoming an investment factor in the country, noting that many Nigerians abroad are investing in agriculture, real estate, health, education, and ICT, amongst others.

Dabiri-Erewa implored all stakeholders to continue engagement for Diaspora Voting with the National Assembly to amend relevant sections of the law to enable INEC to do the needful.

She assured Nigerians abroad that details of the Nigerians Diaspora Investment Trust Fund (NDITF) will soon be unveiled as a platform for structured diaspora investments, just as Diaspora mortgage and housing facilities are some of the programs being introduced by NIDCOM for the welfare of the citizens abroad.

Similarly, 33 states now have State Diaspora Focal Point Officers with Abia setting up Abia Diaspora Agency, while Edo and Enugu are almost set with their own agencies just as Ondo and Anambra states have Commissioners.

She also described the Diasporans as a valuable asset worth more than the billions of naira they sent home as remittances as they are contributing immensely to national development through training and capacity development.

Stressing that no nation can develop without its diaspora, she emphasized the need for Nigerians at home and in the diaspora to work together.

It is expected that by the end of the 2022 financial year, the remittances from Nigerians in the Diaspora from official sources would have increased from its current $22 billion to about $25 billion.

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IOM Sharpens Technical Skills Of NiDCOM’s Pioneer Staff

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IOM Sharpens Technical Skills of NiDCOM’s Pioneer Staff

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A three-day capacity building workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation is underway in Abuja.

The training organized by the International Organisation for Migration, (IOM) is to build the skills set and competencies of the Staff of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission.

Declaring the workshop open on behalf of Hon. (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Engr Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary to the Commission, said Monitoring and Evaluation is a critical component of NIDCOM’s Programmes, Policies, and activities, adding that participants should take advantage of the opportunity to improve their skills in order to fast track the growth and progress of the Commission and thereby fulfill its mandate for national development.

Dr. Bassi also commended the International Organization for Migration, a UN agency, for supporting and facilitating the training as part of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Trusted Sources Project.

IOM Sharpens Technical Skills Of NiDCOM's Pioneer Staff

Ms. Elizabeth Poage, speaking on behalf of the Acting Chief of Mission, IOM,  applauded NiDCOM’s Management and Staff for their participation in the Monitoring and Evaluation training Workshop.

Ms. Poage went on to say those good migration policies are excellent development parameters for ensuring the full, effective, and efficient implementation of the National Diaspora Policy.

The training is aimed at educating and enlightening NIDCOM’S Staff on the need for a proper monitoring and evaluation process for better output in their various Departments and Units.

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