NIHOTOUR Calls For Responsible Hospitality, Tourism Practice to mitigate global climate change
Stakeholders at the 2022 Annual Master Lecture Series of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), have been called upon to proffer solutions, modalities and strategies for the mitigation against the unhealthy rise of climatic conditions threatening humanity globally.
The lecture series titled: “Driving Global Climate Action Through Responsible Tourism/Hospitality Business in Nigeria” have different stakeholders in attendant.
In his welcome address at the occasion, Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the Institute, represented by Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele – Director of Research and Development, stated that the Hospitality and Tourism industry is also contributing to the worsening climatic condition through its operations that do not adhere to guidelines of mitigation procedures against environmental destabilization and pollution.
Kangiwa who noted that the climate changes being experienced at tourism destinations in the country in the form of extreme weather temperature, variable levels of rainfall, rise in sea levels and flooding, drought and desertification and land degradation are the effects of practices that negate the principles of sustainable tourism activities, also called for the discontinuation of the trend forthwith.
In her address at the occasion, the Special Guest of Honour and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Distinguished Senator Nora Ladi Daduut called on operators in the hospitality and tourism sector to check some of their environmental unfriendly activities to curb the menace of climatic change bedeviling Nigeria and the global community at large.
Declaring the event opened through her representative Mr Isaac Aliyu, Senator Daduut appealed to the participants to come up with workable documents for the Nigerian tourism and hospitality industry to operate its activities responsibly without undue interference to the eco system as well as safe guard the environment for the future generations.
Also delivering a keynote address at the event, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Information and Culture represented by Mrs. Patricia Narai, Director of Domestic and Eco-Tourism Promotion and Control, stated efforts by the federal government to cut carbon emission to the barest minimum through responsible tourism and hospitality operations as part of the country’s contribution to global efforts at mitigating climatic change.
Dr. Anyanwutaku noted that Nigeria is highly committed to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Goal No 13 that seeks countries to take urgent actions to combat climate change globally and in particular, through enforcing responsible operations of tourism and hospitality practices that are not only environmentally friendly but as well sustainable.
In all, a total presentation of 23 papers were made by Lecturers and Instructors from the nine Campuses of the Institute spread across the six geo-political zones of the country, including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory with varying sub themes bordering on the main theme of the 2022 Master Lecture Series; Driving Global Climate Action Through Responsible Tourism/Hospitality Business in Nigeria
China Embassy Honours Kangiwa With Award Of Excellence For Advancing Nigeria Relations
The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has honoured Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), at a colourful ceremony to mark the 51st Anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties between China and Nigeria held at the Cultural Centre of the Embassy in Abuja.
The Award tagged October 1st Award of China – Nigeria Friendship was bestowed on Kangiwa in view of his very valuable contributions to the growth and sustenance of healthy bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China and further urged Kangiwa to remain steadfast in his most-worthy contributions in the service of humanity and among nations of the world for better international cooperation.
Making the presentation of the Award on behalf of Mr. Cui Jianchun, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Zhang Vi, The Minister Counsellor in the Chinese Embassy, noted that Kangiwa has continuously worked and cooperated with the Embassy in cultural, tourism and hospitality promotion activities that have boosted the existence of cordial and bilateral relationship between the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China and Nigeria.
In his response, Kangiwa who expressed his gratitude to the Embassy for the recognition, promised to continue to cooperate in efforts at promoting healthy bilateral ties between the two countries for socio economic and cultural benefits of both countries, noting that the Award will spur him to do more in his service to Nigeria in particular, and humanity as a whole.
Kangiwa was among 51 prominent Nigerians honoured at the ceremony for their contributions in various fields and spheres of human endeavours by the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China at this year’s 1st October Award of China – Nigerian Friendship Anniversary.
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