The former President of the National Association Of tour Operators of Nigeria (NATOP), Mrs Fatima Garbati died yesterday in Ife, Osun State following an unsuccessful operation at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ife.

Fatima Garbati crossed over to the tourism industry from aviation where she served with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Industry. She represented Nigeria internationally on several platforms, particularly as the chairperson of IATA investigating panel for 10 (ten) years, representing English speaking West Africa as well as Nigeria at the ‘Yamoussoukro Decision’ meetings until 1995.

Mrs. Garbati was a founding member of NATOP back in 1993. She was honored among the Top 100 African Women in Tourism at the Akwaaba: African Travel Market in 2017.


Her body left Ife earlier today for Lagos and her remains will be interred at the Ebony Vaults besides the Ikoyi Passport Office, Lagos.

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