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Coker resumes as NTDC boss for second term



Mr Folorunsho Coker on Thursday resumed duty as the Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), assuring workers of making their welfare his priority

President Muhammadu Buhari re-appointed Coker for a second term in office on April 30th.

Resuming at the corporation’s headquarters, amid jubilation and funfair, Coker said he would ensure that workers welfare was addressed.

Coker expressed optimism that he would achieve the desired result, mission and vision of NTDC as outlined by the Federal Government with the support of members of staff of the corporation.

While appreciating the reception accorded him by members of the staff of NTDC, Coker said he was overwhelmed.

According to him, it has not been an easy journey, coming in to see the security form a parade escorting me and people dancing is a thing of delight.

“My directors and my deputy directors, the entire staff turned up and they brought the traditional Yoruba dance troupe to welcome me back in such a manner, I can’t say, I am not delighted.

“We have worked together before and we have had our differences too but we had a good working relationship,’’ he said

Reacting to his return, Mrs Funebi Umoudak , Director Legal in the Corporation described Coker as the best DG the Corporation ever had noting that he had always made staff welfare his priority .

She added that the DG had impacted life positively both officially and personally and was willing to change lives of everyone that comes in contact with him.

” The DG brought change to the commission as you know, change is difficult, penetrating the minds of members of staff to educate them on the gains in digital tourism, domestic tourism among others.

” Welfare of staff is another milestone, tell me who will not celebrate a man that is passionate to ensure that the staff are being taken care of , She said.

Mr Friday Anumba, Special Assistant to the DG on inter- governmental relations said that the Director General had left a landmark in his previous administration such as the expansion of departments and divisions.

Anumba said that the expansion of departments called for jubilation by members of staff of the Corporation.

He noted that the organogram of the NTDC designed by the director general has helped in the expansion of the Corporation.

” Prior to now some members of staff were stagnated but the initiative have created spaces and helped to accommodate and move them to respective levels.

” His coming back will be a booster for NTDC in achieving its mandate and he worked hard enough in the first tenure and am happy he is found worthy to come back to complete the good work he started , ” he said.

Mrs Adanma Afanga, Head media and publicity said that the DG had done what NTDC was not able to achieve since inception such as expansion of the departments which had given room for promotions.

She added that Coker had also initiated programmes that never existed such as tour Nigeria brand to showcase and grow domestic tourism.

“The director general’s interest in the welfare of staff is mind blowing and his initiative of severance allowance that never existed is another achievement.

” These achievements by the DG gave rise to the huge turn out of members of staff to celebrate his return and resumption as the Corporation’s boss,” she added.

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