The National President of NATOP the Association for Tour Operators in Nigerian has sent a message of Condolence to the Families of the victims of Banditry experienced by Tourists who went to the Famous Kajuru Castle in Kaduna on Saturday.
Hajia Bilkisu Abdul condemned the assault on Tourists and regretted the loss of lives involved the attack.
According to a police report published in the Media, 2 tourists who were staying over in the castle lost their lives in the attack on the castle.
The other Tourists along with the Tour Operator are all back to base in Abuja.
The Tour Operator who is a specialist on Kajuru Castle had organised many trips to Kajuru Castle in the past with no Incidence until this one.
The National President call on the Government and the Security agencies to solve this crime and bring the killers to book as Insecurity is a problem for Tourism.
NATOP has been trying to grow Domestic Tourism in Nigeria and this attack is a setback and an attack on Nigerian Economy and should be treated with all seriousness. “Our members are enthusiastic on Selling Nigeria as a destination to Nigerians and Foreigners and should be Supported and not Killed. It is Sad this is happening now. 2018/2019 has been the best year for Domestic Tourism in Nigeria and we hope this does not discourage our members from Selling Nigeria”
NATOP has been rotating its Annual General Meeting round Nigeria to expose its members to The Tourism attractions in Nigeria. Its Next AGM on the 24th of May will be hosted by His Majesty the Ooni of Ife in Osun State. The last AGM was hosted by the Government of Plateau state. The 2016 edition was hosted In Calabar Cross River state.
NATOP President enjoins all the members to take more Security Precautions in Future tours in the light of the unfortunate experience in Kaduna