By VICTOR NZE
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tarzan Marine Services Limited, Ganiyu Tarzan Balogun, has disclosed plan by his company to unveil a special ferry service to more recreation grounds within and around Lagos, as well commission a new and remodeled beach house at its main Lekki Jetty, in Lagos.
Balogun stated this when he hosted a team of travel writers under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Tourism (ANJET) to a boat cruise on the Lagos inland waterways, weekend.
The boat operator who hailed the writers for their efforts geared towards driving agenda for the industry, said the travel writers’ body ‘remains the only credible group that can help Nigeria and also all tourism operators to join hands together to move tourism forward in Nigeria.’
“This type of gathering has always been the face and corporate feature of Tarzan boats, not just to appreciate the tourism press but to also help encourage ANJET as an association to remain strong as tourism advocates in Nigeria.
“Indeed, the tourism media remains 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 the 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 or expectations. Your call is an exemplary sacrificial service to mankind and to the Nigerian tourism in particular.
“Soon, our famous beach house will be renovated and rebranded with a special ferry service to other beach recreation grounds within and around Lagos. We also want to appreciate the federal government through National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos Inland Waterways Authority (LASWA) for creating for me the enabling environment for the growth or water transportation,” said Balogun.
Describing the outgone year as challenging, the boat operator said he remains upbeat about 2018 even as he commended the travel writers for contributing to the growth of his firm, and the vibrancy of the industry.
“There is no doubt that 2017 was very tasking in a lot of ways for the tourism business in Nigeria and consequently, it must also have been difficult for the reporting sector.
“Though 2017 was very tough for the Tarzan Group, we still managed to remain focused, putting in place new jetties and other operational facilities than can help both transportation and outdoor water based recreation.
“There is no doubt that ANJET has contributed to the success of my organization on various fronts, particularly when we are faced challenges of growth and in helping to explain our overall intention and aspiration to government,” he said.