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FCC Commends NIHOTOUR For Equitable Training Programs Across Nigeria

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Joel Ajayi

Members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) visiting the National Institute for Hospital and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at its headquarters in Abuja have commended efforts of the Director General of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa at ensuring equitable spread of the Institute’s programs and activities in the six geo-political zones of the country, urging him to consider further spread of its 2022 programs across the states of the federation.

The Commission’s delegation led by the Hon Member of the Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Professor Imuetiyan Festus, noted that efforts of the Institute in the fair distribution of its programs and activities in the areas of training and youth empowerments in the 2021 budget are quite laudable.

Kangiwa had earlier informed members of the Commission on oversight visit at the headquarters of the Institute that the Institute took cognizant of the need to equitably spread its programs and activities across the six geo-political zones, adding that this explains the presence of the Institute’s training Campuses in the zones and some additional campuses in some of the zones to meet up with high demands of its training services in travel tourism and hospitality sector of the zones.

The DG said the activities of the Federal Character Commission in oversighting the fair and equitable distribution of government programs, projects and activities by MDAs that impact positively on the lives of the Nigerian citizens are quite commendable for the sake of achieving equal representation and share of government’s presence across the country.

He said the Institute has taken note of observations and appeal made by some members of the Commission of having NIHOTOUR’s training programs delivered to their states in the 2022 appropriations.

Honourable members of the Federal Character Commission, led by Head of the Delegation, Professor Imuetiyan Festus were at NIHOOTUR Head office to oversight on activities of the Institute on equitable and fair distribution of its skill acquisition and training services to Nigerian youths and women in the efforts to curb unemployment through job creation in the travel tourism and hospitality industry of the country

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Kangiwa Vows to Address Skill Gap at Tourism, Transportation summit

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The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has stated that achieving the lofty goals of making the tourism industry of the country a goldmine will remain a mirage until the dearth and inadequacies of suitably trained and skilled personnel to operate the sector are addressed.


Kangiwa who stated this in a Goodwill message at the 2021 Tourism Transportation Summit and Expo held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja said the basis for which NIHOTOUR was set up was to address the skilled gaps of all cadre of personnel in the country’s travel tourism and hospitality.


While commending the National Tourism and Transportation Summit and Expo as another vibrant platform and avenue for the creation of the synergy required for tourism to thrive with transportation been a dependable ally, the Director General said the theme of the 2021 Summit and Expo which is Tourism Transportation Connectivity and Partnership:
 Leveraging the AfCFTA Regime for Economic Sustainability was very timely and in line with the desire of the tourism industry for the successful implementation of the AfCFTA trade agreements which promise to open trade and market frontiers for 54 African countries of a population of near 1.5 billion people. 


He said when the AfCFTA regime finally takes off fully, it is expected to boost trade and activities in the travel tourism and hospitality industry requiring the services of professionals of the industry to deliver quality services to the large customer population of the African continent.


Kangiwa promised that NIHOTOUR has set for itself the target, in line with its core mandate, to provide high and middle level cadre of manpower personnel that will effectively service the industry bearing in mind that the AfCFTA regime will create enormous demands of services of the industry.


While making bold to say that the initiative of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN) to come up with the 2021 event in this manner was quite commendable and should be applauded, Kangiwa called on participants and Exhibitors at the event to come up with workable plans for Nigeria’s participation in the AfCFTA regime a beneficial one for the socio-economic good of the country.

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