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Kangiwa Braces-Up On NIHOTOUR’s Mandate, Tours Campuses

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Joel Ajayi

In his efforts at grasping the reality of things on ground with the aim of repositioning the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR for better training service delivery in the nation’s hospitality and travel tourism industry, the Director General of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has toured the Institute’s campuses across the six geo-political zones of the country.

The campuses toured so far by Alhaji Kangiwa includes Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Oshogbo, Bauchi, Kaduna and the opening of the newly acquired campus of the Institute in Makurdi, Benue state during which he solicited for the support of staff and students so that the manpower and capacity development needs of the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality sector would be fulfilled.

Speaking at some of the campuses visited, Kangiwa said the essence of the tour is to have first hand information as well as on the spot assessment needs of the campuses in terms of staff welfare, infrastructural challenges, teaching and learning-aid logistics so that an academic environment will be provided for conducive teaching and learning beneficial to both staff and students.

Kangiwa who noted the varying developmental needs associated with every campus of the Institute, said if the Institute is to deliver on its core mandate, these deficiencies must be appropriately addressed, a task which he further pointed out was why he is at NIHOTOUR to carry out as well as reposition it for better service delivery.

The Director General has since, and to the admiration of staff and students of the Institute, began to address some of the challenges giving community members of the Institute the hope that with Kangiwa’s positively focused and dogged style of administration, better days are ahead for NIHOTOUR to deliver quality vocational training that the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality industry has been yearning for.

It would be noted that earlier upon his assumption of office, Kangiwa has observed the low morale among staff, infrastructural deficiencies and the use of old model systems of teaching and learning, conditions which he said must be reversed if the Institute is to deliver on its mandate, stressing the need to inject massive infrastructural development, cater for staff welfare and the deployment of digital technology in learning and teaching of travel tourism and hospitality skills. 

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ITPN FCT Chapter Visits Kangiwa, Harps On Training To Grow The Industry

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Officials of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria led by its Chairman Mrs. Ebikaboere Seimodei were at the Headquarters of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) on a courtesy visit to Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the Institute during the week and sought for collaboration on manpower training for practitioners in the industry.

Alhaji Nura Kangiwa who called for strong collaborative efforts amongst all key players in the hospitality and tourism industry while welcoming the ITPN officials, said continuous upgrade training is key to competent professional practice and quality service delivery if the industry is to perform optimally in line with global best practice.

 He said this is the more reason why the Institute has embarked on more outreach efforts to get operators and critical stakeholders key into training programmes offered by the Institute to perfect professional conducts and practices in all relevant segments of the hospitality and tourism industry which the country looks up to as a viable and vibrant sector of the nation’s economy.

The Director General noted that with the inauguration of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skills Council of Nigeria (HTSSCN), enforcement of training requirements, professional competence and proficiency in all cadres and levels of professional practice in the industry will soon be monitored to ensure compliance with the requisite needs of all practitioners.

Kangiwa then called for stronger ties between the NIHOTOUR and ITPN as training providers and certifying Institute to promote the culture of regular professional training and upgrade of practitioners in the industry that will enable Nigerians occupy high office positions against the practice where only expatriates are offered key positions particularly in the hospitality sub-sector of the industry.

Earlier in her address, leader of the delegation and Chairman of the FCT Chapter of ITPN, Mrs. Seimodei said they were at the Institute to congratulate Alhaji Kangiwa over his appointment as well as solicit for his support in training and professional upgrade of its members and practitioners of the industry in the utmost quest to promote competency of professional practice and quality service delivery in the industry.

Mrs. Seimodei who expressed her dismay on the practice where expatriates are considered and placed above their Nigerian counterparts in terms of job positions and remunerations, appealed for a reversal of the trends as it is highly unjust, unfair and should not be tolerated to continue in the industry.

She then called for monitoring of professional conducts and practices of operators in the industry to ensure compliance and quality output on the job by practitioners, saying that this will bring about improved service delivery and better practice in the industry.

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