In appreciation of the efforts of the project ‘Naija 7’ Wonders committee, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation has presented certificates of award to each member of the team. Presenting the certificates of merit award to each member of the committee in Lagos the Director-General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, declared that it was an epoch in the advancement of tourism development in Nigeria.
During the event, he also presented t-shirts branded with the seven wonders of Nigeria and a bronze medal to each recipient, saying “we must not wait until the passing of our heroes before we celebrate them.”
Runsewe eulogised the recipients, admitting they had distinguished themselves by contributing their quota to the development of tourism in Nigeria. He stressed the need for all to work as a team to check the activities of fraudsters in the industry.
Speaking further, the NTDC chief observed that all over the world, tourism is private sector driven, charging all stakeholders and state governments to key into the efforts to develop tourism in Nigeria.
Speaking during the event, project Director and publisher of African Travel Quarterly magazine, Mr. Ikechi Uko, explained that those who did not get the certificate entered only after voting was completed and hence could not be included. But he assured that the phase two would be expanded to accommodate more people.
He narrated the history of the project which, according to him, commenced in 2010 with inputs from several individuals with Nigerians having a final say in the choice of the seven most wonderful sites in Nigeria. He lauded Otunba Runsewe for his fatherly role and support for the project.
The seven most enterprising sites are, Obudu Mountain Resort, Cross River State; Sukur Kingdom, Adamawa State; Osun Groove, Osogbo, Osun State; Kano Walls, Kano State; Oke Idanre Hills, Ondo State; Benin moat, Edo State and National War Museum, Umuahia, Abia State.