Desigo Splashes Cash, Other Prizes on Winners of National Essay Competition

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President of ITP Chief Abiodun Odusanwo and the convener Youth Tourism Connect Abigail Olagbaye presenting the 1st place award (Junior) to the winner Ikoabasi Ken-Iyang flagged by his mum.

By Eric Elezuo

Winners of the just concluded Youth Tourism Connect National Essay Competition, 2017 edition, were recently rewarded for their feat at a well attended ceremony that took place at the Nanet Suites, Abuja.

The Director Domestic Tourism Federal Ministry of Information & Culture Mrs Patricia Narai & Convener YTC present 2nd place award to Temitope Steve Arowosafe from Osun State. Flanked by his parents

In a press statement announcing the prizes, the MD/CEO of Desigo Tourism and Convener of the programme, Abigail Olashina Olagbaye, explained that the competition, a project and initiative of Desigo Tourism Development and Facility Management Company, was designed to engage for tourism development the ideas, talents, attention, creativity, innovation, intelligence and energy of the youths across the nation between the ages of 11-18 for the junior category, and between of 18-35 for the senior category.

The president Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria FTAN Alhaji Rabo Saleh and convener Youth Tourism Connect Abigail Olagbaye presenting 1st place award to the winner Ogbaga Sunday

The successfully conducted project produced Ogbaga Sunday Thomas from Ebonyi State, Temitope Steve Arowosafe from Osun State and Bello Sarafadeen Mayowa from Kwara State who came first second and third respectively, carting away N500, 000, N200, 000 and N100, 000 and other smart devices in that order. This is for the senior category.

The Convener, Youth Tourism Connect , Abigail Olagbaye with the winners shortly after the meeting with the DG NTDC

In the junior category, Randhy Iko-Abasi Ken-Inyang from Akwa Ibom State took the first prize of N200, 000 and a smart device.

Mrs. Olagbaye said that the winners were given VIP treatment as they were flown to Abuja, and lodged at the Nanet Hotel for four days a camping period after which they were hosted by the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC).

The winners at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre, Abuja hosted by the NTDC Tour Nigeria Team

In their keynote addresses at the ceremony, the Director-General of NTDC, Mr. Folorunsho Coker and the President, GOTNI, Mr. Linus Okorie focused on Use of ICTs to Promote Tourism Development and the Inclusion of the Youth and How to Become A Thought Leader in the Tourism Industry and Getting Set for the Global Stage, respectively.

The winners on a tour to Aso Hills Abuja.

Dignitaries at the event included National President of Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN), Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, Deputy Director, Domestic Tourism, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Patricia Narai, Vice President, FTAN, FCT, Alhaji Badaki Aliyu.

The Director General NTDC Mr. Folorunsho Coker, Convener YouthTourism Connect Abigail Olagbaye , the officials and winners of the essay competition on a courtesy visist to the DG NTDC

 

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