The National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Yandev, Benue State.
The MoU is part of effort at promoting professionalism in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of the country.
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At the MoU signing ceremony which took place at the Polytechnic Campus, Yandev, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, Director General of NIHOTOUR who led a delegation to the occasion, stressed the commitment of the institute to promote and maintain high professional conduct of service delivery in the Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry of Nigeria in line with global best practices.
Spokesman of NIHOTOUR, Ahmed Mohammed Sule, quoted Kangiwa as saying in a statement that Akperan Orshi Polytechnic has training goals. common with NIHOTOUR in high skilled manpower needed in the industry.
He also said that combining the hands-on-training expertise of the institute and the more elaborate theoretical and practical learning skills of the polytechnic will result in the production of the best manpower requirement of the industry that will grow the sector and contribute to national economic growth and development.
Also, the Rector of Akperan Orshi Polytechnic, Dr. Ahemen Samuel Aondoaver, said the desire of the polytechnic to key into government’s diversification efforts into the non-oil sector of the economy viz-a-viz agriculture, travel tourism, hospitality, informed the decision to partner with NIHOTOUR.
He said that the country now more than ever before requires highly skill youths who will, upon completion of their course programs, not go in search of non-existing white-collar jobs, but be able to get jobs in the tourism industry either as employees or employers because of the resilient nature of the tourism industry as the biggest creator of jobs and employment opportunities.
When it takes effect, the MoU seeks to train tourism and hospitality staff of the polytechnic who will in turn train and impact the skills on their students and NIHOTOUR to help in the establishment of a functional Department of Travel Tourism and Hospitality among others.