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Kangiwa Urges New FTAN Executives To Strengthen Unity Among members



The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has called on the new leadership of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) to double its efforts at uniting members of the federation for the good of the industry and in the best interest of the country if tourism is to take its rightful position as the number one revenue earning sector for the for the Nigerian economy.

Kangiwa who made the call when newly elected officials of the federation led by its President, Chief Nkereuwem Onung paid him a courtesy visit at the Abuja headquarters of the Institute on Tuesday noted that the long existing internal bickering within the federation has caused the industry serious drawback which has hindered the achievement of any meaningful progress in the development of the Nigerian Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry as the preferred sector in the diversification the economy of the country.

While calling on members of FTAN to stand united as the voice of the Organized Private Sector of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country, the Director General promised the resolve of NIHOTOUR to continue to collaborate with stakeholders in the industry to improve the human capacity content of the sector through vocational skill acquisition training and re-training of industry personnel for better quality service delivery in line with global best practices.

Kangiwa then called for collaborative efforts between the Institute as host of the Nigerian Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skill Council with FTAN as the umbrella body of the private sector stakeholders to continuously improve and encourage training of personnel and professional practitioners in the industry as well as work towards evolving a dependable, accessible and reliable data base for the industry labour market and other sectorial information necessary for planning and achieving effective and efficient operations in the industry.

Earlier in his address, Chief Onung said the visit on Kangiwa by himself and members of his Executives was informed by the critical position and role of NIHOTOUR in the training and provision of the needed manpower for a flourishing tourism industry in the country, noting that his tenure as FTAN president will explore all available means to ensure that private sector operators in the industry uphold the principle of continuous personnel training and re-training by patronizing the vocational skill acquisition services that the Institute provides for all cadres of professional and non-professional practitioners in the sector.

Chief Onung who noted with dismay the inability of the country to tap into the potentials and socio-economic benefits of the tourism industry, said his leadership of FTAN will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the resource potentials of the sector are properly and adequately harnessed for the socio-economic gains of the country.

He said if properly tapped, tourism can comfortably replace oil in terms of job creation, poverty alleviation and high-income generation for the nation’s economy, but regretted that this wasn’t possible because of the lip service played in the growth and development of the sector.

Chief Onung’s leadership of FTAN was elected into the office last July 2021 to run the affairs of the federation for the next two years. On the courtesy visit of the President is the First Deputy President, Alhaji Badaki Ibrahim, the Admin Secretary, Mr. Precious Okonji amongst others.

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



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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