.. As Emir commends FG for citing training centre in Argungu
Director General of National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality, NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa
has stated that the location of its training centre in Argungu is making the mandate of NIHOTOUR easier by bringing training closer to the people of Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger Republic and others.
Speaking during the unveiling of the Kebbi State training centre in Argungu and presentation of certificates of the trainees, Alhaji Kangiwa noted that the centre is ideal for participants in these areas to access knowledge from the campus rather than going to Kano.
He said NIHOTOUR has the capacity to train from foundation to management level, stressing that some of her graduates are gainfully employed in the aviation and tourism industry, while other are self employed.
NIHOTOUR boss encouraged young people to acquire skills that will enhance their employability and improve their knowledge.
He advised the people from Kebbi, Sokoto and Niger Republic to take advantage of the Argungu training centre.
Kangiwa commended the graduants for their dedication .
In his remarks, Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mohammed Mera commended the federal government for citing the NIHOTOUR training centre in Argungu thereby giving the people that rare opportunity to acquire skill and knowledge.
The Emir advised the people from Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger Republic which is very close to train as tour guides and others.
He congratulated the trainees on the successful completion of their training.
He emphasised the need for the promotion of sites in the state, like the Kebbi stonewall which is the longest in the country.
The Emir said such site could be promoted as a World Heritage site to help in the growth of tourism in the state.
Commenting on the the training exercise, Comrade Edwin Onyebuchi Enenta, Head of Department of , Travel and Tourism Studies, stated that the trainees who are 24 in numbers are not novice in the field of tourism because they have a little idea of what tourism is all about having lived in Argungu and know about the Argungu Fishing Festival.
He said that the graduates are also not experts, adding that what NIHOTOUR tried to do is to give them the basics as they undergo basic training one.
Enenta added that subsequent trainings will fully upgrade them to the point they will be fully equipped to do the job.
According to him: “The trainees have the basic of what tour guide is all about, the attributes, skills, the principles, code of ethics, these are the attributes that equip them to do it the way it should be done. If you don’t teach them the ethics for instance, they may go into unethical practices and that mares whatever they are doing,so if you don’t give them the principles and practices, they cannot flow. So we just package them for a start”.
Enenta maintained that the course is very affordable as the institution is owned by the federal government, adding that NIHOTOUR’s target is not the profit but rather to fulfil its mandate by providing skilled manpower in the tourism and hospitality industry.
He explained that there is no basic qualification for the courses as one is qualified to do the course once he/she is literate and has O levels.
Commenting on the her experience at the training, Mrs Sadatu Ibrahim Turaki Zuru from the state ministry of commerce and tourism, Birnin Kebbi, expressed joy for the opportunity to be trained as a tour guide.
Sadatu said she now has experience on what tour guide is all about and how to go about it.
Speaking also, Mr Musa Tainya another graduant said he has learnt how to package himself very well in the business and the presentation.
Tainya stated that with the training, his abandoned dream has been reactivated.
He said every member of his family will go through the NIHOTOUR training.
Tainya urged the National Assembly to come up with a bill where tourism trainings like this can be adopted into the school curriculum from the primary school
He said this will built the child to be patriotic to the nation.