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Friday, 21 August 2015 08:11

NIHOTOUR HOSTS FIRST NATIONAL CONVOCATION IN ABUJA

1st Nihotour Convocation

 

 

The Federal Government has reiterated its determination to pursue vigorously the development of tourism as one key area in promoting the non oil sector of the Nigerian economy.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Mrs Nkechi Ejele who stated this at the combined convocation ceremony of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in Abuja over the weekend, said training and capacity development of manpower needed to run the hospitality and tourism sector is key in government’s efforts at achieving this goal.

Mrs Ejele who commended NIHOTOUR for performing creditably well in raising the quality and standard of service delivery in the hospitality and tourism sector since inception thirty years ago, said the Institute remains a veritable agency in youth training, skill acquisition and empowerment, making them employable in the job market not only in the Nigerian tourism industry, but globally.

Earlier in her Address, Mrs Chika Balogun Director General of the Institute stressed the critical importance of training and capacity development of professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry if the tourism potentials of the country are to be effectively explored for the economic benefits of the people.

Mrs Balogun stated further that nearly all local governments in the country are blessed with one form of tourism resource or the other, stressing the need to harness them so as to stimulate youth employment, infrastructural development and a means for peaceful coexistence among Nigeria’s diverse cultural and ethnic groups.

She said that with the recent additional responsibility on the Institute as a regulatory agency and provider of the Sector Skills Council, NIHOTOUR is fully prepared and equipped to professionalise the hospitality and tourism industry of the country in line with global best practices.

Chief Executive Officers of parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation present at the occasion took turn to shower encomiums on the Institute for living up to its mandate by delivering high quality manpower needed to run the Nigerian tourism industry.

Over 1500 students of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions graduated from the Institute at various study levels of Post Graduate Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificates in the Travel/Tourism and Hospitality Management Departments of the Institute.

Certificates and prizes were given to students who distinguished themselves in various courses and subjects as well as the conferment of Fellowship Awards of the Institute on some distinguished Nigerians in recognition of their immense contributions to the growth and development of the Nigerian hospitality and tourism industry.

 

AHMED MOHAMMED SULE, MNIPR

DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS

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