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Knowledge Based Skills, A must For Professional Competence In Hospitality Trades -NIHOTOUR

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The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has admonished youths to seek for knowledge-based skills to enhance their professional proficiency in hospitality trades while urging youth corps members to consider taking up one of the hospitality trades as an entrepreneur business after their compulsory service year.

Kangiwa who made the call through Ahmed Mohammed Sule, Director Media and Public Relations of the Institute at the opening of a One-Week training program in Dutse for Youth Corps Members serving in Jigawa State, said the training exercise was organized to prepare the Youth Corps Members to be self-employed, self-dependent and self-sustaining after the service year in the face of growing unemployment in the country.

Speaking at the occasion, the Jigawa State Commissioner of Commerce and Tourism, represented by the Director of Tourism in the Ministry, Alhaji M. Ringim said Jigawa State is greatly appreciative of the choice of Jigawa State for the training of members of the National Youths Corps Service in the state for the training meant to prepare them of life after their service year, noting that the state government will give beneficiaries of the training the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills they acquire to better their lots.

Alhaji Ibrahim Baba, Head of Department of Hospitality of NIHOTOUR and Team Leader of the training program said the selected youth corps members should consider themselves lucky as his Department is fully prepared to impact on them the best of skills, they need in hospitality trades to practice professionally, proficiently and profitably in which ever trade they choose to take up after their service period.

The State Director of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) of Jigawa State who spoke through an official of the State NYSC said Commission will continue to encourage as well as seek for partnership with relevant Institutes such as NIHOTOUR in empowering youth corps members with skills and knowledge that will make them functional and useful members of the society after the completion of the one year mandatory service to their fatherland, calling on the chosen corps members to be attentive in acquiring all the skills needed to practice any hospitality trade of their choice.

Titled Skill Gap Training in Hospitality Trades including Catering, Cookery, Bakery, Confectionaries, Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services As well as Events Planning and Management, the One Week Program is organized by the Hospitality Department of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) for Youth Corps Members serving in Jigawa State holding at the 3-Star Hotel, Dutse, the Jigawa State Capital

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Our Priority Is Youth Empowerment-Kangiwa

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Youth empowerment for job creation, poverty alleviation, fight against hunger and technological breakthrough for Nigeria, key to NIHOTOUR’s training activities nationwide were the words of Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at the Skills Acquisition and Empowerment of Youths and Women in Arts and Crafts at the Oshogbo Campus of the Institute.

Kangiwa who spoke through Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele, Director Research and Development and General Studies of the Institute at the occasion said what Nigerian youths need now more than anything is skill acquisition that will make them not only employable, but self-employed and self-reliant, noting that it is also the sure way to curb unemployment, achieve innovative creation and eradicate extreme poverty in line with the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda of the United Nations.

He said the objective of the Oshogbo Campus training is to empower participants with the necessary vocational and entrepreneurial skills in Nigerian Arts and Crafts towards creating economic stability and national security, urging the trainees to see themselves as very lucky and fortunate individuals chosen for the training who should at the end be functionally active in the line of the nation’s economic activities.

The Osun State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Hon. Adebisi Obawale Simeon, represented at the occasion by Mr. Adeniyi Samuel, Coordinating Director of Tourism in the state ministry said vocational skill acquisition and empowerment will go a long way in bridging the existing gap in relevant skills in the country’s Arts and Crafts entrepreneur for economic growth and development.

He expressed the appreciation of the Osun State government to NIHOTOUR and its leadership for bringing the vital human capital and capacity development exercise to the state, noting that his Ministry will continue to collaborate and partner with the Institute in all areas of capacity development for the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in the state.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Coordinator and Head of the Oshogbo Campus of the Institute, Dr. Tijjani Olawale Nasiru said the training couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, adding that acquisition of vocational skills as embarked upon by NIHOTOUR, is the surest way to create jobs, fight poverty and enhance the living standards of the people.

The Oshogbo training program under the caption: SKILLS ACQUISITION AND EMPOWERMENT FOR YOUTHS AND WOMEN IN ARTS AND CRAFTS trained participants in batik and adire making, leather works, hair weaving, braiding and styling and shoe making by which they have been empowered to be self-employed and self-reliant.

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