By Usman Gwadabe
The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has called on teachers to take up career in tourism which is a multidimensional industry and multidisciplinary subject.
A statement from the Director, Media and Public Relations of NIHOTOUR, Ahmed Mohammed Sule said, Kangiwa, made the call at the opening of the second phase of the institute’s ‘Train the Trainer’ programme for secondary school teachers in the Federal Capital Territory, saying that tourism as a multifaceted skill enterprise offers lots of opportunities for those willing to delve into it as either entrepreneurs or career teachers and trainers.
Represented by Director Research and Development of the Institute, Dr Taiwo Famogbiyele, Kangiwa noted further that the tourism subsectors offer such entrepreneurial skills and business opportunities as tour guides, tour operators, travel agency operators, cabin crew, gardens operators, events managers, recreational centre managers, hospitality managers, pastry and cookery amongst a host of others, saying that one can also take up teaching career in the afore-mentioned tourism subsectors in both secondary and tertiary institutions as instructors and lecturers.
He then called on the participants to see themselves as highly privileged to have been chosen for the training within the Federal Capital Territory and make judicious use of the knowledge and skills they will acquire to impact positively in improving the lots of the Nigerian travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Edwin Enenta, Head of Department of the Travel Tourism Department of the Institute, called on the trainees to remain focused and resilient in their chosen career as teachers of tourism subject in the schools so as to adequately nurture a generation of tourism enthusiasts and professional practitioners for the Nigerian tourism industry.
It would be recalled that the first phase of the programme held in September 2020 in the institute’s quest to advance the frontiers of tourism training and education in the country.