By Muhyideen Jimoh
The African International Documentary Festival Foundation (AFIDFF), an international Non-Governmental organisation (NGO) is set to partner with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to promote and develop tourism sites in the country and Africa.
The Director-General of AFIDFF, Mrs Malame Mangzha, disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle.
She said NAN as a strategic media organisation was chosen for the partnership because of its wide reach in disseminating news across Nigeria and Africa.
“ We are seeking this partnership because we know there is no way we can get news and content out unless we come to News Agency of Nigeria.
“ NAN is one of the strongest agencies when it comes to content dissemination and we will liaise and partner with it,’’ she said.
She said the foundation is a UNESCO implementing partner for the 2021 UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Initiative.
According to her, AFIDFF is seeking partners among stakeholders to protect, preserve and promote world heritage sites like the Sukur Cultural landscape in Adamawa which has been in existence for over 600 years.
She said other UNESCO cultural sites such as the Osun Osogbo Grove also needed to be given more prominence in view of their unique tourism and economic potential.
“ It may interest you to know that UNESCO has inscribed Sukur Cultural Landscape (SCL) in Madagali, Adamawa State, as Africa’s first cultural landscape on the prestigious World Heritage List.
“Sukur is one of the 55 action camp projects to be implemented this year at 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the tentative list by 49 organisations in 32 countries around the globe,’’ she said.
The AFIDFF boss said the build-up to the programme would commence with a stakeholder and Awareness Support Dinner on July 13 and the Action Camp in Sukur in August.
She said the foundation was working in collaboration with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM UNESCO) and the Adamawa government to drive the project.
Earlier, the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle, said the agency was committed to partnering with the foundation to promote the breath-taking Sukur Cultural Landscape and other tourism sites in the country.
Ponle, who was represented by the agency’s Editor-in- Chief, Mr Silas Nwoha, said Nigeria is blessed with a lot of tourism sites that could be harnessed for the economic development of the country.
“We are very delighted to receive an organisation like yours because you are just opening our eyes to so many opportunities that exist in our country that we have forgotten over the years.
“I am amazed that there is such landscape in Nigeria, NAN is very willing to partner with you, to work with you, to exploit opportunities that nature has so handsomely blessed us with as a country.
“I can assure you that we will provide you with everything that needs to be provided from our own side to make your foundation achieve its set goals, ‘’ he said.
Ponle gave an assurance that NAN with presence in all states of the federation and its multimedia services would continue to partner with relevant stakeholders to develop tourism and other sectors of the economy. (NAN)