By Salisu Baso
Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has advocated for tourism skill acquisition for youth entrepreneurship if the country is to succeed in the fight against unemployment.
A statement signed by the Director, Media & Public Relations of the institute, Ahmed Mohammed Sule said, Kangiwa made the appeal when members of the Compass Crew paid him a congratulatory visit on his re-appointment as Director General of NIHOTOUR at the Institute’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said the choice of members of the Compass Crew to embark on walk, hike and climbing as a hobby can be explored and transformed into tourism events and activities that are economically viable and beneficial to will-be operators, especially youths who are roaming the streets in search of unavailable jobs.
Kangiwa who expressed excitement with the visit, said, as part of NIHOTOUR’s mandate, the Institute will offer manpower training and capacity building for practitioners and operators in the tourism and travel related activities and in particular, the outdoor tourism activities of the Compass Crew in hiking, walking and climbing as a way of boosting the country’s tourism base.
In his remarks, leader of the delegation and Chairman of Compass Crew, Alhaji Hussaini Yeldu, said the group was established with the intent to escape the crowded city via walk, hike, and climb with fellow nature loving companions, noting that in addition, Compass Crew organizes outdoor events and activities that promote good health of recreational benefits as well as promote economic development.
He said the visit of members of the Group is to seek for partnership with NIHOTOUR in exploring the vast tourism potentials of the country, especially outdoor tourism related activities in line with best global practices as obtained in other climes.
While calling on the Institute to consider researching into the economic benefits and human values inherent in outdoor tourism in Nigeria, Alhaji Yeldu advocated that priority attention be given to outdoor tourism events in view of their potentials in the promotion of the vast Nigerian Eco-tourism system.