NIHOTOUR: Kangiwa Woos Hotels, Service Industry on Training
The new Director-General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has said his parastatal is working closely with hotels and other tourism- reliant organisations in order to provide know-how in the service industry.
Kangiwa urged tourism operators and businesses to identify with NIHOTOUR.
He said: “We are working to upgrade NIHOTOUR to deliver on its mandate. We are working to overhaul the training facilities in all our training campuses to make NIHOTOUR vibrant and responsive to new challenges. ” NIHOTOUR is charged with the mandate of manpower in tourism development in the country.
Kangiwa said they are not resting on their in re-positioning the training institute for obvious reason. “No amount of investments in either infrastructure or in expanding tourism capacity in Nigeria will ever be successful unless the necessary manpower in the required numbers and at the required levels of knowledge and skills are provided to manage the sector,” he said.
He pledged to move the tourism sector forward.
“I want my tenure at the NIHOTOUR to be a watershed in the development of Nigerian tourism sector, especially in the training and retraining of manpower for the industry. My commitment to seeing NIHOTOUR achieve its mandate in this respect remains unshakable.”
His dream for the organisation which was established 26 years ago aligns with and even surpasses the dreams of the founding fathers of the institute.
“The founding fathers establish fed NIHOTOUR to provide skills proficiency, technical upgrading programmes and professional knowledge-based education in the hospitality and tourism industry in Nigeria and West Africa.
“It is like of Utalii College, Kenya, which caters for East Africa. I will not rest on my oars until I am able town achieve this for the Institute,” he said.
On what he is doing in the last few months after his appointment. He said the first task before him is to upgrade the facilities on their campuses so as to deliver on its mandates.
“ We are working to overhaul the training facilities in all our training campuses to make NIHOTOUR vibrant and responsive to new challenges.
“We are also working on programmes as well as modalities for the training and empowerment of rural women and youths on tourist host community participation and self-employment.
“We believe that until Nigeria tourism host communities buy into, and actively participate in domestic and inbound tourism value chain, there will be little or no economic multiplier-effect of tourism in the lives of Nigerians.”