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Friday, 06 May 2016 05:48

NIHOTOUR APPOINTED THE SECTOR SKILLED COUNCIL FOR HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM IN NIGERIA

Mrs Chika Balogun, Director General National Institute For Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs.Wale Fasanya, Representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba and Engr Suleiman Yusuf.

 

 

A workshop on validation of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Hospitality Travel and Tourism Trades was held at the Unity Hall, Reiz Continental Hotel, Abuja on 26th April, 2016.

NIHOTOUR was appointed by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to serve as the Sector Skills Council for Hospitality and Tourism sector of the Nigerian economy. In its capacity as the Sector Skills Council therefore, the Institute organized a workshop to validate National Occupational Standards (NOS), which specifies the standard of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work and the knowledge as well as the skills needed. Additionally, the Council through this forum brings together representatives from the stakeholders in the sector for the common purpose of skills and workforce development of the Hospitality and Tourism industry that bridges the skills gaps and increases productivity. 

The workshop was declared open by the Hon. Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed ably represented by Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide FPSN, FNA, PHARM, Chairman Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, while the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs. Chika Balogun, delivered the welcome address.

In his key note address on Sector Skills Council: How it has worked in other countries, Mr. Dennis Zulu, the Country Director International Labour Organization (ILO) harped on the importance of Sector Skills Council in ensuring quality assurance mechanism for effective service delivery in the industry. He commended NBTE and NIHOTOUR for their leading roles in the Hospitality and Sector Skills Council.

The Guest Speaker was Dr. M.A. Kazaure Mni Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education ably represented by Engineer Suleiman Yusuf. In his presentation, he dwelt extensively on the Vision of NBTE and the imperative of the National Occupational Standards. He noted that NVQ is a global phenomenon and it is recent in Nigeria and that ultimately the goal is to produce a workforce that can compete favourably in the global space.

Goodwill messages were received from Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture, ably represented by Director International Tourism, Mrs Wale Fasanya, Hon. (Engr.) Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Chairman House Committee on Culture and Tourism. They all commended the efforts of the institute in this renewed drive geared at the development of world class workforce for the hospitality and Tourism industry in the country

Other dignitaries at the opening ceremony were Distinguished Senator Anyawu, Chairman Senate Committee on  Ethics; Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, President, Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP); Prof. Prince Efere, Rector, International Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State; Mrs Rosana Forsuelo (FITP), Provost, Wavecrest College; Chief Tomi Akigbogun, FTAN President; Chief S.O. Alabi Chairman BoT FTAN; Mr. Oye Famoriyo, Financial Secretary (AFFCON) and Bakare Abiola, Manager, Kenya Air.

Participants at the workshop include representatives of the following organizations: Association of Fast Food and Confectioners of Nigeria (AFFCON), Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Institute of Tourism Professionals (ITP), Hospitality and Tourism Management Association (HATMAN), Hotel and Personnel Services Employers Association of Nigeria (HOPSEA), National Association of Nigerian Travel Agencies (NANTA), Transcorp Hilton Hotel, National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Nigeria Association of Tour Operators (NATOP), Africa Travel Association (ATA), Hotel Owners Forum Abuja (HOFA), Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria (ATBOWATON) Association of Nigerian Journalists and Writers of Travel and Tourism (ANJET), Air France, ABC Transport Plc, Industrial Training Fund (ITF) as well as, Tourism Consultants, members of organized Private Sector and gentlemen of the press.

At the technical session chaired by Chief Abiodun Odusanwo President ITP, the participants were divided into two groups: Group A: Hospitality Trades and Group B: Travel and Tourism Trades. The two groups were asked to look at and critique the NVQ standards for levels 1, 2 and 3 with a view to effecting necessary corrections before validating them.

After an exhaustive critique that was carried out on NOS, participants at the workshop noted and agreed as follows:

1) Efforts of the people who drafted the NOS were commendable

2) Language descriptors used in some cases were not appropriate

3) Inappropriate learning out comes, criteria  and expected skills in some Standards which were identified should be corrected and updated

4) That all these cases be referred to Curriculum Committee of the Sector Skills Council to effect all the necessary corrections

Following a motion which was moved by Mr Munir Adesiyan of Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transport of Nigeria and seconded by Ogbonna Simon of Industrial Training Fund Abuja, the NOS was validated.

26th April, 2016

 

 

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