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NIHOTOUR – NBS’S MoU To Address Data-Gap In Hospitality, Tourism Industry-Kangiwa

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The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Nura Sani Kangiwa has stated that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Institute and the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) is aimed at closing the existing data-gap in the hospitality and tourism industry of the country, noting that this will further deepen statistical development of sectoral databank necessary for planning within the sector.

Kangiwa who stated this in Abuja during the signing ceremony of the MOU with the NBS, further observed that Statistics are critical to national planning, sound policy development and informed business decisions, and that because research is an integral part of NIHOTOUR’s mandate, it becomes imperative to seek partnership with NBS as an exclusive agency in verifying, approving, administering and publishing basic national statistical data for national economic and social development.

He said for NIHOTOUR to effectively carryout its mandate as a research and allied institution saddled with the responsibility of the training of manpower needs in the Hospitality and Tourism industry as well as Coordinator of the Sector Skill Council in Nigeria, the Institute has established a vibrant Research and Development Unit to conduct industry-based research and generate data for the use of the industry, noting that partnership with NBS will fast-track the duties and functions of the Unit.

While he expressed his appreciation for the positive response and prompt action of the Bureau in ensuring a comprehensive package of the MOU, Kangiwa called for better synergy, cooperation and understanding in the successful implementation of the agreement for the benefit of the two agencies in particularly in the discharge of their mandates, and for the socio-economic benefits of the country in general.

In his remarks at the occasion, the Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Simon B. Harry, reiterated the relevance of data in policy formulation and implementation for national growth and development, assuring that NBS is prepared to work assiduously with NIHOTOUR in its efforts at addressing the dearth of accurate data in the nation’s hospitality and tourism industry.

Dr. Harry who observed that the absence of accurate data has been the bane for the abysmal performance of sectoral industrial growth and development, further noted that figures and information gathered cannot be said to be usable data until they are found to be accurate, verifiable, accessible, and available for user needs which essentially is what the Bureau intends to achieve for all sectors of the country.

He then stated that the partnership between the Bureau and NIHOTOUR is a welcome development, adding that he looks forward for more of such partnerships with other Ministries, Agencies and Departments in the public sector as well as the Organized Private Sector for the general and overall growth and development of the country.

Management staff of both Agencies who were at hand to witness the signing ceremony of the MOU, expressed happiness for the synergy saying it will improve Inter-Ministerial, Department and Agency relations of the public sector of the country.

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FCC Commends NIHOTOUR For Equitable Training Programs Across Nigeria

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Members of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) visiting the National Institute for Hospital and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at its headquarters in Abuja have commended efforts of the Director General of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa at ensuring equitable spread of the Institute’s programs and activities in the six geo-political zones of the country, urging him to consider further spread of its 2022 programs across the states of the federation.

The Commission’s delegation led by the Hon Member of the Commission and Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Professor Imuetiyan Festus, noted that efforts of the Institute in the fair distribution of its programs and activities in the areas of training and youth empowerments in the 2021 budget are quite laudable.

Kangiwa had earlier informed members of the Commission on oversight visit at the headquarters of the Institute that the Institute took cognizant of the need to equitably spread its programs and activities across the six geo-political zones, adding that this explains the presence of the Institute’s training Campuses in the zones and some additional campuses in some of the zones to meet up with high demands of its training services in travel tourism and hospitality sector of the zones.

The DG said the activities of the Federal Character Commission in oversighting the fair and equitable distribution of government programs, projects and activities by MDAs that impact positively on the lives of the Nigerian citizens are quite commendable for the sake of achieving equal representation and share of government’s presence across the country.

He said the Institute has taken note of observations and appeal made by some members of the Commission of having NIHOTOUR’s training programs delivered to their states in the 2022 appropriations.

Honourable members of the Federal Character Commission, led by Head of the Delegation, Professor Imuetiyan Festus were at NIHOOTUR Head office to oversight on activities of the Institute on equitable and fair distribution of its skill acquisition and training services to Nigerian youths and women in the efforts to curb unemployment through job creation in the travel tourism and hospitality industry of the country

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