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NIHOTOUR Trains Its Academic Staff Across The Country

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Academic staff in all the nine campuses of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) across the country have undergone a Train the Trainer program to enhance the quality of teaching within the framework of academic exercises of the Institute with a call from Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the Institute on the staff to see the exercise as a mission to provide innovative world-class manpower that has the enrichment of quality professionals in the industry and in line with global best practices.

Nura Kangiwa who flagged off the exercise in Abuja through representation by Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele, Director of Research and Development, noted that the essence of the establishment of NIHOTOUR 34 years ago was to provide skills proficiency, technical upgrading programs, and professional knowledge-based education in the hospitality and tourism industry in both the public and private sectors of the country, adding that to remain true and committed to the mandate of the Institute, academic staff must be constantly exposed to the best practices in the industry which the Train the Trainer exercise is meant to achieve. 

In his remarks to flag off the exercise, Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), reiterated the cardinal objectives of ITPN which, as an awarding body for certified professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry in Nigeria, is to ensure training by competent professionals that produce qualified personnel to be certified by the Institute. 

Shedding more light on the ongoing Train the Trainer exercise, Odusanwo said it’s in the category of Certified Tourism Professional (CTP) designed as an accredited competency-based professional credential recognized by hospitality, tourism, and allied occupations employers which is the pinnacle performance-based recognition program in the Nigerian hospitality and tourism industry awarded when employees demonstrate that they have mastered the required skills and met the standards of their profession in a practical job setting.

The program, which is administered as a collaborative national certificated award is being coordinated and superintended by NIHOTOUR as Coordinator of the Sector Skills Council, while the certificates are being awarded by the ITPN as the awarding body.

The two batches of trainees which included staff of Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Benin, and Enugu Campuses for Batch One; and staff of Kaduna, Makurdi, Bauchi, and Oshogbo Campuses for Batch Two, all underwent the training of the ‘Train the Trainer Program’ which was rounded up in two weeks. 

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NIHOTOUR Calls For Responsible Hospitality, Tourism Practice to mitigate global climate change

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Joel Ajayi


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

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