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Hospitality, Tourism, Skilled Graduates have brighter prospects- DG NIHOTOUR

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Joel Ajayi

The Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has stated that all skilled graduates of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality trades, irrespective of level or cadre, have brighter prospects of being self-employed and employable within the industry circle of the country.

Kangiwa stated this when final year students of the Department of Leisure and Tourism Management, Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State on an educational tour of the Institute in Abuja paid him a courtesy visit, said the versatile nature of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality business has the capacity and potential to create jobs as well as offer job opportunities to cater for the skill gap existing within the industry.

The Director-General told the students to consider themselves lucky to have made the right choice of studying Travel Tourism and Hospitality trades, adding that none of them will regret making such a decision as jobs will be readily available upon graduation or better still, they have the choice to be self-employed as a business startup.  

He said, as the nation’s apex Travel Tourism and Hospitality Skill Acquisition Centre, NIHOTOUR is willing to collaborate with institutions such as the Federal Polytechnic Idah in the enhancement of quality skill acquisition and training that will add value to the growth and development of the industry and in the overall interest of the socio-economic benefit of the country.

In his remarks, the leader of the students’ delegation and Head of Department of Leisure and Tourism Management, Federal Polytechnic Idah, Dr. Ekundayo I. Mejabi said the Department chose to come to NIHOTOUR on the educational visit out of the many options because they believe the Institute has the potential to add enormous value to their quest for knowledge and aspiration to perform better in skill training and acquisition of all the tourism and hospitality trades.

Dr. Mejabi expressed the deepest thanks and gratitude of the students for the honour done in according them a befitting, warm and cordial reception said he looks forward to establishing a mutually beneficial relationship between his Department and the Institute particularly in the area of Hands-on-Training and skill acquisition for the students.

Some of the students who commented on the educational visit said they were happy with the hospitable reception accorded them as well as the knowledge they gained after been conducted round facilities of the Institute by the Heads of Hospitality and Travel Tourism Departments of the Institute, Alhaji Ibrahim Baba and Mr Edward Enenta respectively.

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FCC Commends NIHOTOUR For Equitable Training Programs Across Nigeria

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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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