By Muhyideen Jimoh
The African International Documentary Festival Foundation (AFIDFF), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), is about to partner with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) to promote and develop tourist sites in the country and in Africa.
AFIDFF Executive Director Ms. Malame Mangzha revealed this in Abuja on Tuesday when she paid a courtesy visit to NAN Executive Director Mr. Buki Ponle.
She said that NAN, as a strategic media organization, was chosen for the partnership because of its broad reach in disseminating information across Nigeria and Africa.
“We are looking for this partnership because we know there is no way to disseminate information and content unless you come to the Nigeria News Agency.
“NAN is one of the most powerful agencies in content delivery and we will liaise and partner with it,” she said.
She said the foundation is a UNESCO implementing partner for the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Initiative 2021.
According to her, AFIDFF is looking for partners among stakeholders to protect, preserve and promote World Heritage sites like the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa which has existed for more than 600 years.
She said other UNESCO cultural sites such as the Osun Osogbo Grove should also be given greater importance due to 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 55 action camp projects to be implemented this year in 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative List by 49 organizations in 32 countries around the world,” she said. .
The AFIDFF boss said that the implementation of the program would begin with a dinner of support to stakeholders and awareness on July 13 and the action camp in Sukur in August.
She said the foundation was working in conjunction 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, NAN Managing Director Mr. Buki Ponle said the agency is committed to partnering with the foundation to promote the breathtaking cultural landscape of Sukur and other tourist spots in the country.
Ponle, who was represented by the agency’s editor-in-chief, Mr. Silas Nwoha, said Nigeria is blessed with many tourist spots that could be exploited for the country’s economic development.
“We are very happy to welcome an organization like yours because you only open 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 a landscape in Nigeria, NAN is very willing to partner with you, to work with you, to harness the opportunities that nature has so generously provided to us as a country.
“I can assure you that we will provide you with whatever needs to be provided on our side for your foundation to achieve its set goals,” he said.
Ponle gave assurances that NAN, present 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. (NAA)