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



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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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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