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Plateau Govt, NTDC Call for preservation of Tourists Sites

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Joel Ajayi

The government of Plateau State and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) have emphasised the need to preserve the numerous tourists’ sites that have dotted the landscape of Nigeria.

The duo authorities made the call recently at the International Day for Monuments and Sites, held at the Tash Heritage site, a traditional stone course way, with the theme &Complex Past and Diverse Future.&

Plateau State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs Tamwakat Weli called on the people in the state to search for tourists sites in their respective communities and informed the government for onward preservation.

The Zonal Coordinator NTDC, North Central Zone, Mrs Nanna Dashe, in a goodwill message told the Butura community to protect Tash Heritage site  which according to her, is an important tourism product that is capable of adding value to the huge assets the community is endowed with.&

The event was hosted by the Butura Traditional Council in Bokkos Local Government of  Plateau State, in collaboration with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).

The aim of the day, according to the NCMM Director-General, Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, represented by the Curator, Jos office, Mr Fodamijo Olamayo, was to draw the attention of stakeholders to preserve both natural and man-made monuments  

Other dignitaries present were the zonal coordinator of the NTDC, National Gallery of Art, Representative of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and Nigerian Association of Archeologists.

Papers were presented by Dr James Madugu, Architect Kamndu Ibrahim of the institute of Archeology and Museums Studies, Jos and Mrs Okaegbu Mary of Jos Zoo.

The presenters stressed the need for indigenes of the state to rewrite their history rather than relying on those written by foreigners, adding that they should get involved in preserving their heritage rather than depending on others or the government to do so.

In her remarks, the manager, Jos Zoo, emphasized the need for humanity to desist from the act of natural disturbance.

The high point of the event was the foundation laying ceremony for the restoration of Tash Timgbang Butura Stone course-way.

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ITPN FCT Chapter Visits Kangiwa, Harps On Training To Grow The Industry

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Officials of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria led by its Chairman Mrs. Ebikaboere Seimodei were at the Headquarters of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) on a courtesy visit to Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the Institute during the week and sought for collaboration on manpower training for practitioners in the industry.

Alhaji Nura Kangiwa who called for strong collaborative efforts amongst all key players in the hospitality and tourism industry while welcoming the ITPN officials, said continuous upgrade training is key to competent professional practice and quality service delivery if the industry is to perform optimally in line with global best practice.

 He said this is the more reason why the Institute has embarked on more outreach efforts to get operators and critical stakeholders key into training programmes offered by the Institute to perfect professional conducts and practices in all relevant segments of the hospitality and tourism industry which the country looks up to as a viable and vibrant sector of the nation’s economy.

The Director General noted that with the inauguration of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skills Council of Nigeria (HTSSCN), enforcement of training requirements, professional competence and proficiency in all cadres and levels of professional practice in the industry will soon be monitored to ensure compliance with the requisite needs of all practitioners.

Kangiwa then called for stronger ties between the NIHOTOUR and ITPN as training providers and certifying Institute to promote the culture of regular professional training and upgrade of practitioners in the industry that will enable Nigerians occupy high office positions against the practice where only expatriates are offered key positions particularly in the hospitality sub-sector of the industry.

Earlier in her address, leader of the delegation and Chairman of the FCT Chapter of ITPN, Mrs. Seimodei said they were at the Institute to congratulate Alhaji Kangiwa over his appointment as well as solicit for his support in training and professional upgrade of its members and practitioners of the industry in the utmost quest to promote competency of professional practice and quality service delivery in the industry.

Mrs. Seimodei who expressed her dismay on the practice where expatriates are considered and placed above their Nigerian counterparts in terms of job positions and remunerations, appealed for a reversal of the trends as it is highly unjust, unfair and should not be tolerated to continue in the industry.

She then called for monitoring of professional conducts and practices of operators in the industry to ensure compliance and quality output on the job by practitioners, saying that this will bring about improved service delivery and better practice in the industry.

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