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NIHOTOUR Matriculates 500 Students, Urges them to be Discipline, Deligent In Academic Pursuits

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Newly matriculated students of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) have been enjoined to be obedient to constituted authorities of the Institute and remain law abiding with strict adherence of the tenets of the Institute which is Centre of Excellence in the pursuit of their various professional programs for the 2020/2021 academic session and beyond.


Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute who made the call during the Matriculation Ceremony of Students of the Institute for the 2020/2021 Academic Session in Abuja and other eight campuses across the country via Zoom streaming, said the students should see themselves lucky in coming to NIHOTOUR for career proficiency and development in the Nigerian Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry.

The Director General who stated that the Institute has since inception been offering robust Course Programs for personnel in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country, assured the matriculating students of the support of the Institute in ensuring that the students attain both their personal and organizational goals in the upgrade of their professional competence and status for better service delivery in their work places within the industry. 


Kangiwa who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Research and Development/General Studies of the Institute, Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele, reiterated the resolve of NIHOTOUR to produce skilled, motivated and well-equipped graduates that will be instrumental and involved in bringing about the desired change of filling the skill-gap in the industry and ensure better quality service delivery in line with global best practices.

 The Guest lecturer of the occasion Mr. Nkereuwem Onung and National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) called for the reinforcement and job assurances in the labour market as well as within the operations of the industry by government and employers to mitigate the negative impacts and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry resulting in job losses and dwindling of businesses of stakeholders and investors.


He applauded the efforts of NIHOTOUR for continuously engaging operators and professional practitioners in the industry for better service delivery through training and re-training, noting that without the requisite skilled manpower, better quality service delivery as needed by customers and tourists in the industry will be a mere mirage.


He reiterated further the socio-economic importance of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in enhancing the country’s GDP as well as job creation and employment provision opportunities for the teeming youths in the country.


The Matriculation Ceremony which was attended by stakeholders in the industry, Government functionaries, staff and students of the Institute, has a total of Five Hundred Students for the 2020/2021 Academic Year across the Nine Campuses of the Institute namely, Abuja, Enugu, Bauchi, Lagos, Benin, Makurdi, Kaduna, Oshogbo and Kano.  

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Nigeria, US Sign Cultural Pack To Reduce Illicit Trafficking of Ancient Arts

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Joel Ajayi 

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed the optimism that the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA) Agreement, which was signed by Nigeria and the United States of America on Thursday, will reduce the pillage of Nigeria’s ancient arts.

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The Minister expressed the optimism when he signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the CPIA with the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja.

According to him, this legislation was enacted by the United States to restrict the importation into the US of archeological materials ranging in date from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1770 as well as ethnological materials including those associated with royal activity, religious activity, etc. from nations that have entered into the kind of bilateral initiative that we are signing here with the United States today. 

Alhaji Mohammed said on the basis of the agreement, Nigerian antiquities being imported into the United States without the requisite Export Permit will be seized at the border of the United States and returned to Nigeria without the arduous and costly task of going through the labyrinth of judicial and diplomatic processes.

“We are optimistic that this agreement will reduce the pillage of our irreplaceable archeological and ethnological materials, as the market for these materials is being shut in the United States against illicit traffickers.

“The agreement will last for an initial period of five years. If it works well, as we anticipate it will, it shall be renewed for a longer term. We implore other friendly nations to take a cue from the United States of America and join us in finding means to prevent the illegal importation of our antiquities into their countries,” he said.

The Minister said the signing of the MoU became necessary because, despite all efforts by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, with the assistance of law enforcement agencies, to prevent illicit export of the nation’s archeological and ethnological materials, widespread looting and illicit excavation of these materials still continue.

He said the stolen artifacts are mostly smuggled to Europe, the United States of America and other places for the benefit of art collectors.

The Minister, who thanked the Government of the United States, in particular the Embassy of the United States in Nigeria, for making the MoU possible, said the Nigerian Government looks forward to a diligent implementation of the landmark agreement, so it can become a game changer in the nation’s efforts to prevent the looting of its priceless ancient works of art.

In her remarks, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Beth Leonard, said the agreement is aimed at preserving, restoring and protecting Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

“In Nigeria, over the past decade, the U.S Mission has partnered with the Nigerian government and state institutions to preserve cultural landmarks and sites through projects worth over one million dollars and funded by the U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.

“Just last November, I signed a grant award to digitally survey the Busanyin Shrine located within the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove. That $125,000 grant will help document a series of shrines within the Grove and provide training to local professionals in digital tools and cultural heritage management,” she said.

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