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LASWA Collaborates with Whispering Palms to Boost Tourism, Passenger Traffic



LASWA Collaborates with Whispering Palms to Boost Tourism, Passenger Traffic

In its efforts to boost tourism and passenger traffic, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is collaborating with the Whispering Palms, a tourist centre in Badagry.

The idea is to improve tourism patronage and reduce the stress that passengers experience in connecting to the location.

The General Manager, LASWA, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made the disclosure during a courtesy visit with some stakeholders to the Whispering Palms on Sunday in Lagos.

Emmanuel said the visit is to deliberate on how the collaboration can be effective.

The Whispering Palms is one of the tourist centres with a history of over 31 years of existence on the waterways in Lagos.

He said the partnership was also to create an enabling environment for such tourist centres to thrive in business.

He stated that LASWA’s main collaboration with Whispering Palms is to see ways in which it can drive traffic and allow its infrastructure which are jetty terminals to be patronized.

“We want our jetties to be avenues through which they can pick customers and all their possible clients while living from our jetties to their own location- Whispering Palm in Badagry.

“In the main run, they should have middlemen who are the boat operators, who will take them from our own jetty terminals to the actual location,” Emmanuel said.

He said that the Lagos State Government under the leadership of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had been promoting Lagos as a tourist location.

He disclosed that La Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort had a stand with LASWA at the Falomo Jetty Terminal, adding that they could collaborate with any of the terminals when traffic occurs.

Emmanuel said the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) would assist the management of the Whispering Palms to get boat operators.

According to Emmanuel, there was a need for the management of the resort to have strategic relationships with different boat operators to enable its customers to have more options.

He advised the management of the Whispering Palms to encourage companies to brand certain sections of the resort to generate more funds.

The Head of Marine, NIWA, Lagos office, Mrs Elsie Egwualu, assured NIWA’s support in encouraging the use of water transportation in getting more customers to Whispering Palms.

Egwualu urged the resort to improve on its online advertisement so that many of its customers could easily access its service on the go.

A tourism officer with Lagos State Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Mr Peter Mesewaka, advised the management to extend similar collaboration with Whispering Palms to other players in the industry.

Mesewaka added that such an opportunity would allow the tour guides who serve as intermediaries between the destination and the tourists to also benefit from the collaboration.

“The feelers we are getting after the demise of professor is that Whispering Palms is facing managerial issues that is no longer positioning well.

“There is a need to gather both local and foreign tour guides to come and access the relaunch facilities so as to tell people in the tourism industry,” Mesewaka said.

Mr Hakeem Odusina, Assistant Director, Public Relations, Lagos State Ferry Service Company (LAGFERRY), said the agency was ready to collaborate with the resort.

Odusina urged the management of the resort to take its advert to jetty terminals to make more people to be aware of the new development.

A staff member of SIFAX Ferry Terminal Operator, Mr Felix Omoyele urged the management of the Whispering Palms to use traditional means of advertisement.

According to him, this can be done by visiting the ferry terminals with flyers to enable more passengers at jetties to be aware of the resort.

Omoyele suggested the need for the resort to also embark on jingles in different languages to attract more traffic to the place.

The Managing Director of Savvy Marine, Mr Lekan Taiwo, said he would like to test-run the service by bringing some people to the resort during the next holiday.

This, he said, would also allow him to know the cost of using a ferry to the resort.

In her speech, Mrs Mimi Ade-Odiachi, daughter of Late Prof. Olufemi Pearse, founder of Whispering Palms, who is the managing director, said there was a need to collaborate with water transport operators to enable her to fulfil her father’s last wish.

She said that the visit was to also tap ideas from stakeholders on how they could give customers a good experience at a reasonable price.

“We are still one of the most responsible resorts when it comes to charging because we know that we are in a rural area and we want as many Nigerians to be able to enjoy our facilities, Ade-Odiachi said.

She identified challenges affecting the business to include bad roads, insufficient power supply with the expensive cost of supplementing it with generator.

Ade-Odiachi said that many guests had a phobia of water adding that their collaboration with the NIWA and LASWA with other stakeholders would build customers’ confidence on water transport.

The General Manager, Whispering Palms, Mr Chris Newsom, said that easy accessibility to the locations would enable people to drive down as well as come through boats.

Newsom said that would also enable a different class of people to patronise the resort with low transportation costs.

The Whispering Palms Resort was established in 1991 by Late Prof. Olufemi Pearse, who died in December 2018.

He retired into the hospitality industry to establish the famous seaside Whispering Palms Leisure Resorts located in Aradagun area in Badagry, Lagos.

The facilities at Whispering Palms include restrooms for different classes, a small zoo with monkeys, tortoises, fish, crocodiles, chicken, turkey, and baboon, as well as swimming pools for adults and underage among others.


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Wasilat: Immigration Hands Over 18-year-old, Libya-bound Human Trafficking Girl To NAPTIP



Ibadan: NIS, NAPTIP Collaboration Puts 5 Suspected Human Traffickers In Hot Soup

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) handed over an 18-year-old human trafficking victim to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Friday in Kebbi.

“The girl, who is from Oyo State, was arrested on Thursday on her way to Libya via Yauri and Sokoto.

“She said her name is Wasilat Yusuf and she was going to Libya on her sister’s invitation and assurance of a cleaning job.

“She has HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis test results with her.

“She said it was her sister who insisted that she must conduct the tests before leaving for Libya,’’ Comptroller of the NIS in Kebbi, Mrs. Rabi Bashir-Nuhu, said.

She wondered why in spite of all the opportunities that abound in terms of peace and security in Nigeria, anyone would go to Libya to work in spite of the security challenges in that country.

The NIS comptroller assured that it would not allow any suspicious character or person profiting from human trafficking to get through its net in Kebbi.

Wasilat confirmed to newsmen that she was going to Libya to get a cleaning job at her sister’s invitation.

“My sister is Biodun Yusuf, and she is living in Libya and sells clothes there.

“She invited me to come and get a cleaning job there,’’ she said.

Adepoju Carol Wuraola, Acting Comptroller General, NIS

Receiving the victim, the Head of Operation of NAPTIP in Kebbi, Alhaji Sadiq Atiku, said the agency would undertake a thorough investigation of the matter.

“We thank the NIS for making our job easier and we are going to investigate thoroughly.

“We are going to rehabilitate and counsel the victim and ensure that she is united with her parents or guardians,’’ he said.

Atiku also commended the NIS for collaborating with NAPTIP to eradicate human trafficking. 

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Over 73m People In Philippines Suffer From Tooth Decay



 At least 73 million Filipinos suffer from dental caries, making the disease a “serious health concern” in the Southeast Asian country, the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday.

“Dental caries is a silent epidemic,” Manuel Vallesteros, a division chief at the DOH’s disease prevention and control bureau, said this after a committee hearing at the House of Representatives.

Vallesteros said the DOH data is based on the 2018 national health survey, noting that the number now is much higher compared to when the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted access to dental services for more than two years.

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He noted that eight of 10 Filipino children suffer from “childhood caries” or “decaying baby teeth” because they are fed with sweetened infant formula.

“The oral health status of Filipino children is alarming,” the DOH said, adding the oral disease “continues to be a serious public health problem” in the Philippines.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), dental caries is a major global public health problem and the most widespread non-communicable disease. 

– Xinhua

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5 Ugborodo Communities Picket Chevron Yard In Escravos



#EndSARS Protest: Hoodlums break into Benin custodial centre

Hundreds of residents of the Ugborodo Community in the Warri South-West Local Government area of Delta on Wednesday besieged the Chevron Yard in Escravos, protesting against the alleged insensitivity of the oil company to their plights.

The protesters were drawn from Ode-Ugborodo, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Madangho, and Ijaghala Communities under Ugborodo Federated Communities.

The aggrieved protesters, both young and old, were led by the Eghare-Aja of Ugborodo, Mr. Daniel Uwawah.

They were armed with placards of various inscriptions such as: “We want our PIA as host communities Ugborodo”; “Enough of Chevron Divide and Rule Policies”.

“All local content contracts must be brought to the community through the appointed organ”; “Ugborodo Community demands frequent and regular engagement with Chevron”, among others.

In his remarks, Mr. Terry Atete, the Igbajoh of Ugborodo Community, who spoke on behalf of the Eghare-Aja, said that the federated communities had written several letters to the oil company for dialogue in line with the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.

The Act is one of the most audacious attempts to overhaul the petroleum sector in Nigeria.

It seeks to provide legal, governance, regulatory and fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.

If implemented diligently, the PIA will help facilitate Nigeria’s economic development by attracting and creating investment opportunities for local and international investors.

Atete said that since the inception of Eghare-Aja, the Ugborodo Community had also written to Chevron on the Act, concerning the award of contracts and employment.

According to him, the company had deliberately refused to address their grievances.

“We are faulting the PIA process. We are saying that Chevron should come directly and dialogue with our community in line with the PIA Act.

“We are not going to accept it until they come and dialogue with us.

“We will not relent until Chevron comes and dialogue with the host communities, which made up Ugborodo,” he said.

Also, Mrs Oritsematosan Nuko, a Woman Leader in Ugborodo Community, appealed to Chevron and the Federal Government to come to the rescue of the community and shore up the area.

Nuko said that indigenes of the community were almost being chased away by tidal flood.

She, however, urged Chevron to heed to the call and address the demands of the community.

Nuko said the oil company should come forward for a dialogue toward addressing the lingering challenges confronting the federated community, including unemployment and the award of contracts.

Commenting, a Chevron member of staff, who pleaded anonymity, said that all the issues raised by the aggrieved protesters were already being addressed at the company’s headquarters in Lagos.

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