Mkar University partners NIHOTOUR on capacity training



The Director General (DG) of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has said that partnership and collaboration amongst training institutions in Travel Tourism and Hospitality will increase the manpower needs of the sector which has been in short supply compared to the high demands of services in the industry.

According to a press release by Mr. Ahmed Sule, NIHOTOUR’s spokesman, Kangiwa made the remarks in Gboko, Benue state during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Institute and Mkar University, Mkar – Gboko.

He expressed the readiness of NIHOTOUR to partner with institutions in the country desirous to enhance their capacity and manpower base to train professionals in the acquisition of skills in Travel Tourism and Hospitality.

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Kangiwa who was quick to mention that the tourism industry has the capacity for job creation and offer of employment opportunities, noted that with increased teaching and learning opportunities in the sector, more youths will be trained in Travel Tourism and Hospitality trades, giving them the opportunities to be gainfully employed or be employers thereby curbing youth restiveness in the country.

Expressing satisfaction with the partnership, the DG said NIHOTOUR looks forward to a very vibrant relationship between the Institute and the University that will bring about increase in the area of capacity building for lecturers of the University on the one hand, and highly skilled and trained professional graduates on the other.

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In his remarks at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University, Prof. Zacharys Anger Gundu, said the University looks forward to establishing a vibrant Travel Tourism and Hospitality Department and it can do this with competent staff to man the Department which is what its partnership with NIHOTOUR seeks to achieve.

Prof. Gundu stressed the relevance of the tourism industry in the economic diversification of the Nigerian economy, saying that Benue state in particular is highly endowed with tourism potentials that require the professional services of skilled middle and high level manpower to explore for the socio-economic benefits of all.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the Mkar University have conferred on Kangiwa, NIHOTOUR boss, the honour of the Ambassador of the University for his dogged pursuit and passion for impacting knowledge and skills in Travel Tourism and Hospitality education on Nigerian youths.

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Prof. Gundu, VC of the University who disclosed this as part of activities of the signing of MoU between the University and NIHOTOUR, said with the conferment of the Ambassador of the University, Kangiwa now has the responsibility of promoting the ideals for which the University was established as well as offer selfless service for the growth and development of the University as an excellent citadel of learning in the country and beyond, stating further that a date for the formal conferment ceremony on Nura Kangiwa will be made known soon.

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