43 Faculty members and participants of the Nigerian National Defence College course 28 led by the Deputy Commandant Maj Gen Elias Attu have toured Ghana from Sun 9 to Friday 14 February 2020.
The study tour which was under the theme “Tourism and National Development in Ghana: Lessons for Nigeria”, familiarized the team with strategies and innovative approaches Ghana’s tourism industry had employed over the years which had contributed significantly to Ghana's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The team visited ministries, departments, and organizations with the aim of being schooled in the area of tourism since Ghana had made giant strides in that sector. Notable amongst the places visited was the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, where the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Hon Dr Ziblim Idris Barre in his welcome address noted the importance of the visit since it was in line with the long-standing bilateral relations between both countries.
He indicated the tourism industry was doing very well because it had a good number of programmes to offer. Examples of such programmes highlighted were cultural, adventure, health, and heritage tourisms, just to mention a few. Citing the just-ended Year of Return celebration as a major birthright journey which invited all African-American diaspora brothers and sisters to visit Ghana after 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrive in Jamestown Virginia.
The celebration he added made Ghana a focus for millions of African descendants reacting to their marginalization by tracing their ancestry and identity making the country a beacon for African people living on the continent and diaspora.
Earlier, the team called on the Nigerian High Commission to announce their arrival in the county as they were briefed on the peace, security and Ghanaian hospitality.
The team paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa at his office in Burma Camp. They were introduced to the operational structure, mandate and other security engagement of the Ghana Armed Forces. A smartly turned out guard of honour and band was paraded for the leader of the delegation.
The participants were made up of Colonels and equivalents from the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police Service, the Strategic Federal Ministry and other Nigerian Governmental agencies, including some military officers from African and other allied countries.