Newly matriculated students of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) have been enjoined to be obedient to constituted authorities of the Institute and remain law abiding with strict adherence of the tenets of the Institute which is Centre of Excellence in the pursuit of their various professional programs for the 2020/2021 academic session and beyond.
Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute who made the call during the Matriculation Ceremony of Students of the Institute for the 2020/2021 Academic Session in Abuja and other eight campuses across the country via Zoom streaming, said the students should see themselves lucky in coming to NIHOTOUR for career proficiency and development in the Nigerian Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry.
The Director General who stated that the Institute has since inception been offering robust Course Programs for personnel in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country, assured the matriculating students of the support of the Institute in ensuring that the students attain both their personal and organizational goals in the upgrade of their professional competence and status for better service delivery in their work places within the industry.
Kangiwa who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Research and Development/General Studies of the Institute, Dr. Taiwo Famogbiyele, reiterated the resolve of NIHOTOUR to produce skilled, motivated and well-equipped graduates that will be instrumental and involved in bringing about the desired change of filling the skill-gap in the industry and ensure better quality service delivery in line with global best practices.
The Guest lecturer of the occasion Mr. Nkereuwem Onung and National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) called for the reinforcement and job assurances in the labour market as well as within the operations of the industry by government and employers to mitigate the negative impacts and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the industry resulting in job losses and dwindling of businesses of stakeholders and investors.
He applauded the efforts of NIHOTOUR for continuously engaging operators and professional practitioners in the industry for better service delivery through training and re-training, noting that without the requisite skilled manpower, better quality service delivery as needed by customers and tourists in the industry will be a mere mirage.
He reiterated further the socio-economic importance of the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry in enhancing the country’s GDP as well as job creation and employment provision opportunities for the teeming youths in the country. The Matriculation Ceremony which was attended by stakeholders in the industry, Government functionaries, staff and students of the Institute, has a total of Five Hundred Students for the 2020/2021 Academic Year across the Nine Campuses of the Institute namely, Abuja, Enugu, Bauchi, Lagos, Benin, Makurdi, Kaduna, Oshogbo and Kano.
AHMED MOHAMMED SULE
DIRECTOR, MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS