The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, has called on teachers in secondary schools to take up career in tourism, which is a multidimensional industry and multidisciplinary subject.
A press release by NIHOTOUR’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Mr. Ahmed Sule, indicated that Kangiwa made the call at the opening ceremony of the second phase of ‘Train the Trainer’ program, organized by the institute for secondary school teachers in the Federal Capital Territory.
He said 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 in tourism subjects.
Represented at the occasion by the 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 Guiding, Tour Operations, Travel Agency Operations, Cabin Crew, Gardens Operations, Events Management, Recreational Management Centres, Hospitality Management, Pastry and Cookery, amongst a host of others.
He added that one can also take up teaching career in the afore-mentioned tourism subsectors in both secondary and tertiary institutions, as instructors and lecturers.
The Director General then called on the participants to see themselves as highly privileged to have been chosen for the training within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, challenging them to 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, Head of Department of the Travel Tourism Department of the institute, Mr. Edwin Enenta, called on the trainees to remain focused and resilient in their chosen career as teachers of tourism subjects in the schools, so as to adequately nurture a generation of tourism enthusiasts and professional practitioners for the Nigerian tourism industry.
Recall that the first phase of ‘Train the Trainers’ program by the institute began in September, 2020, in its quest to advance the frontiers of tourism training and education in the country.
NIHOTOUR initiated the teaching of tourism to teachers teaching tourism in secondary schools in order to support and enhance their skills and competency. This initiative is further justified by the inclusion of tourism into the secondary school curriculum and as a WAEC examination subject.