…Party them on car barge
Members of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Editors of Tourism (ANJET) were yesterday taken on a tour of Lagos state by water courtesy of the Gani-Tarzan Marine Enterprises Limited.
The tour which commenced at about 2.15pm saw the cruise take the excited journalists to Ijede, Egbin Power Station, Badore, Tarkwa Bay, Banana Island, Snake Island, Apapa, Tincan Island, Ikorodu, Lag Ferry Jetty at Mile 2 among others.
The Managing Director of Gani-Tarzan Marine Enterprises Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ganiyu Sekoni Tarzan Balogun and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lag Ferry, Hon. Paul Kalejaiye were onboard the ferry to take questions from the journalists.
The tour which terminated at the Tarzan Jetty at the Victoria Island, Lagos at about 5.15 pm commenced with a party onboard a car barge.
Speaking at the party, the Managing Director of Gani-Tarzan Marine Enterprises Nigeria Limited, Mr. Ganiyu Sekoni Balogun said that the gathering of that nature had always been the face and corporate feature of Tarzan Boats Limited not just to appreciate the tourism press but to also help encourage the association to remain strong as tourism advocates in Nigeria.
Balogun averred that there was no doubt that ANJET members had contributed to the success of his organization on various fronts particularly when they were faced with challenges of growth and in helping to explain his organization’s overall intention and aspiration to government.
He said, “Indeed, the tourism media remain the only credible group that can help Nigeria and also all tourism operators to join hands together to move tourism forward in Nigeria. Therefore, I salute your courage and tenacity in face of avoidable challenges, particularly the seeming lack of sustainable support from the organized tourism private sector.
“At Tarzan, we shall continue to work with ANJET and at all times remember your invaluable support to us without any kind of pressure and expectations. Your call is an exemplary sacrificial service to mankind and to Nigerian tourism in particular”.
He recalled that although 2017 was very tough for Tarzan group, it still managed to remain focused, putting in place new jetties and other operational facilities that could help both transportation and outdoor water based recreation adding that,” soon, our famous beach house will be renovated and re-branded with a special ferry service to other each recreation grounds within and around Lagos”.
On his part, the President of ANJET, Mr. Andrew Okungbowa thanked Mr. Balogun for his support to the association and to the tourism industry in Nigeria pledging the readiness of the members of the association to continue to give support to all his initiatives and efforts.
“We are quite appreciative of your efforts, your support to us as an organization, your support to us as individuals and your support to also the industry. We have to use this occasion to say thank you and to begin with us like in the new year is a sign that the year holds a lot of promises for all of us, for Tarzan Boats and so, we want to also use the occasion to on behalf of our members to say that we will continue to give support to all your initiatives, we will continue to support to all your efforts.
“And so, feel free as you have always done at any time to beckon us, to call on us, we are available for you 24/7, every member and the platform, we will always support your efforts once you call on us. So, once again, we have to thank you for this wonderful reception, make us feel safe and move around to see the environment”, he said.
Photo: Managing Director of Tarzan Boats, Mr. Ganiyu Sekoni Balogun and President of ANJET, Mr. Andrew Okungbowa flanked by members of ANJET aboard MV Sekoni during the beach party in Lagos yesterday.
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