Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Eric calls for collaboration to boost tourism in Cross River State

The newly sworn in commissioner for Culture and Tourism Development, Mr Eric Anderson has called for collaboration and sincerity from staff of the ministry to boost tourism in the state. 

Speaking with staff of the ministry in Calabar upon resumption of office, Eric sued for collaborations, unity, transparency, sincerity, respect and diligence, stating that those were the qualities needed to help the ministry fulfill its mandate as well as give a push to the governor's tourism and industrialization drive. 

Anderson who thank the governor, Sir Ben Ayade for believing in members of his previous Executives and reappointing them back to office promised to serve selflessly even as he prayed for a fruitful, healthy and beautiful year ahead.

Although, not a green horn in the tourism business, but still soliciting for corporation from Staff,  Anderson said he is open and ready to adapt to new tourism trends.

Speaking further, the Commissioner noted that although the ministry was relatively an infant, it has recorded some major successes due to staff unity and collective efforts in the past, thereby giving the ministry a known presence like an old ministry.

"In the past mistakes might have been made and egos bruised, but the ability to make amends in order for the sector to move forward is called team spirit. We have work to do and targets to meet up with such as coming up with the State's year 2020 tourism calendar, so we need, sincerity, unity, respect, diligence and transparency to keep pushing," he added.

Bringing the Commissioner up-to-date on the ministry's happenings and based on minutes of the ministry's previous meeting,  the Permanent Secretary, Comrade Akpeh Ogon pointed out salient issues such as the 2020 budget, the State's tourism policy, discipline, State cultural events such as Leboku, Akachak Festival and Northfest, ministerial and extra ministerial meeting schedules, sanitation, etcetera.

In that light, the Commissioner thanked the Permanent Secretary for running the ministry with such brilliance in the absence of a political appointee.