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By African Examiner, Baltimore
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
Tourism minister Edem Duke Fingered In Anti- NTDC
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Readers would recall weeks back when the Chairman of the board of the
Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation NTDC was thoroughly embarrassed
as his decision to suspend the Director General of the Corporation, Otunba
Segun Runsewe was reversed by the President through his spokesman.
According to the story, the board Chairman had announced the suspension of
the NTDC Director General through a release he signed and personally
distributed claiming that it was the board decision but the President in a swift
reaction announced that only himself could remove the Director General given
his immense contribution to the development of the sector.
Now more information have come to the limelight over the NTDC coup against
Otuba Runsewe that failed. According to the report, the new Minister in charge
of the Ministry of Tourism, Edem Duke did not feel too comfortable with the
NTDC boss and his ways of operation.
Though a team player, Runsewe believes that bureaucracy could cripple some
of his activities and so he has put together plans to circumvent all the
bottlenecks and his team in NTDC as well as top ministry officials are happy
with this but the minister is not.
Duke’s animosity according to the report dated back to the time he was in
charge at the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria as the head of the
association, he never saw anything good in what Runsewe was doing as the
Director General even when everyone acknowledged that the DG was giving
Tourism a big boost.
The issues involved thus played itself out as the Minister worked on the
Chairman of the Board to suspend Runsewe, using frivolous excuses. But the
President, aware of the antecedents of the DG quietly told him to ignore the
order while informing the Chairman of the Board that he had overstepped his