The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), in partnership with the
National Sports Commission (NSC) is set to promote Nigeria’s image in a unique
way at the forthcoming Olympic Games in London.
The corporationa and the NSC said the Olympic Games will provide the window
needed by both Corporations to showcase Nigeria positively in line with President
Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda
The Director-General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe made this known when
the Director General of the NSC, Dr. Patrick Ekeji and his entourage, paid him a
visit in his office at the tourism village, Abuja.
Otunba Runsewe assured that preparations are in top gear as NTDC is already
mobilizing one million supporters for Nigeria’s Olympics Team towards the
forthcoming games stressing that the Corporation is currently giving out raffle
tickets in this regard.
He also disclosed that NTDC is also making arrangement with a Nigerian restaurant
in UK to serve 36 +1 Nigerian dishes each representing the different states of the
federation and the Federal Capital urging the NSC to partner with NTDC to achieve
He called on stakeholders to bid for Nigeria’s right to host the game, saying the
time is right as the country has the potential of hosting such games, adding that
such venture will greatly benefit the Nigerian populace.
On his part, the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Chief Patrick
Ekeji, lauded Runsewe for his exceptional leadership skills while commending his
efforts at projecting Nigeria positively during the last World Cup in South Africa
where Nigeria built an impressive tourism village.
He expressed NSC’s desire to work hand-in-hand with NTDC to showcase Nigeria’s
tourism potentials during this year’s Olympic Games.
In his words, “It is only right and proper that NTDC and NSC should have a common
ground to work together in order to present in UK the tourism potentials of our
country through the avenue of sport which is the Olympic Games”
Speaking further, “I personally feel it will not be a complete team without the
presence of NTDC, we will not want to go the Olympic Games without carrying
NTDC along because, sports itself is about tourism and as we know, tourism today
is big business and in fact all countries of the world that have realize the economic
potentials of sports, tend to put sports and tourism together”.
Dr. Ekeji also informed the NTDC Boss that the Commission will be going for this
year’s Olympic Games with 7 Sports, listing boxing, wrestling, weightlifting,
cannoning, track and field amongst others.
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