The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has said that partnership and collaboration among training institutions in Travel Tourism and Hospitality will increase the needed manpower for the sector.
He said that the sector has been in short supply compared to the high demands of services in the industry.
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He said this in Gboko, Benue State during the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU between the Institute and Mkar University, Mkar, Gboko.
Spokesman of NIHOTOUR, Ahmed Mohammed Sule, in a statement said Kangiwa expressed the readiness of NIHOTOUR to partner with institutions in the country desirous to enhance their capacity to train professionals in the acquisition of skills in Travel Tourism and Hospitality.
The NIHOTOUR boss who expressed satisfaction with the partnership, said institute looks forward to a vibrant relationship between both organisations.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor 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 it partnership with NIHOTOUR seeks to achieve.
Prof. Gundu who stressed the relevance of the tourism industry in the economic diversification of the Nigerian economy, said Benue state in particular is highly endowed with tourism potentials that requires 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 Nura Kangiwa the honour of the Ambassador of the University for his dodged pursuit and passion for impacting knowledge and skills in Travel Tourism and Hospitality education on Nigerian youths.