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We Trains To Address Skill Gap And Unemployment In The Industry- NIHOTOUR

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The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has stated that the recent spate of trainings undertaken by the Institute nationwide is to address the skill gaps inherent in the nation’s Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in the face of unemployment bedeviling the sector.

Alhaji Kangiwa who stated this in an address read on his behalf by the Director, Department of General Studies, Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele at the Skill Acquisition and Empowerment Training Program for Women in Hair Braiding, Fixing and Styling organized by the South West Zonal Campus of the Institute in Lagos further noted that empowering women will provide them the opportunities for self-employment and thus fight poverty and hunger in the country.

He said that as part of the mandate of the Institute, it will continue to engage the vulnerable category of Nigerian youths and women in the provision of skills that will make them both employable and self-employed, stating that with the Institute’s Campuses now present in the Six-Geo Political Zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, its trainings are now more than ever before easily accessible and available at the doorsteps of every deserving Nigerian Youth to be skillfully empowered.

In a Goodwill message to the event, Pharm Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf, Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture represented by Mrs. Ada Oni, Director of Tourism Promotion in the State Ministry, promised continued support of the state government to NIHOTOUR in its efforts at empowering women and youths in the state to be useful and functional members of the society.

Also speaking at the occasion, Amb. Nneka Issac-Moses of Goge Africa who applauded the initiative of NIHOTOUR to empower women via skill acquisition said the economic value associated with skillful manpower product is unquantifiable and the import, beyond local boundary, urging beneficiaries of the training to make judicious and best use of skills and knowledge they have acquired.

Earlier in her brief remark at the occasion, the Coordinator and Head of the South West Zonal Campus of NIHOTOUR-Lagos, Mrs. Chinyere Uche-Ibeabuchi said with the competent and dedicated staff, and committed leadership that the Institute is currently blessed and endowed with, provision of high-level skill training to enhance the quality of manpower needs of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in the country is highly guaranteed and assured.

She expressed the appreciation of the Zonal Campus of the Institute for the support it is enjoying from industry key players and stakeholders in all activities of the Institute even at short notice, stating that this level of cooperation is what is desired beyond anything to move the industry forward.

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Our Priority Is Youth Empowerment-Kangiwa

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Youth empowerment for job creation, poverty alleviation, fight against hunger and technological breakthrough for Nigeria, key to NIHOTOUR’s training activities nationwide were the words of Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) at the Skills Acquisition and Empowerment of Youths and Women in Arts and Crafts at the Oshogbo Campus of the Institute.

Kangiwa who spoke through Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele, Director Research and Development and General Studies of the Institute at the occasion said what Nigerian youths need now more than anything is skill acquisition that will make them not only employable, but self-employed and self-reliant, noting that it is also the sure way to curb unemployment, achieve innovative creation and eradicate extreme poverty in line with the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda of the United Nations.

He said the objective of the Oshogbo Campus training is to empower participants with the necessary vocational and entrepreneurial skills in Nigerian Arts and Crafts towards creating economic stability and national security, urging the trainees to see themselves as very lucky and fortunate individuals chosen for the training who should at the end be functionally active in the line of the nation’s economic activities.

The Osun State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Hon. Adebisi Obawale Simeon, represented at the occasion by Mr. Adeniyi Samuel, Coordinating Director of Tourism in the state ministry said vocational skill acquisition and empowerment will go a long way in bridging the existing gap in relevant skills in the country’s Arts and Crafts entrepreneur for economic growth and development.

He expressed the appreciation of the Osun State government to NIHOTOUR and its leadership for bringing the vital human capital and capacity development exercise to the state, noting that his Ministry will continue to collaborate and partner with the Institute in all areas of capacity development for the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in the state.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Coordinator and Head of the Oshogbo Campus of the Institute, Dr. Tijjani Olawale Nasiru said the training couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty, adding that acquisition of vocational skills as embarked upon by NIHOTOUR, is the surest way to create jobs, fight poverty and enhance the living standards of the people.

The Oshogbo training program under the caption: SKILLS ACQUISITION AND EMPOWERMENT FOR YOUTHS AND WOMEN IN ARTS AND CRAFTS trained participants in batik and adire making, leather works, hair weaving, braiding and styling and shoe making by which they have been empowered to be self-employed and self-reliant.

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