In his efforts at grasping the reality of things on ground with the aim of repositioning the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism NIHOTOUR for better training service delivery in the nation’s hospitality and travel tourism industry, the Director General of the Institute, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa has toured the Institute’s campuses across the six geo-political zones of the country.
The campuses toured so far by Alhaji Kangiwa includes Lagos, Kano, Enugu, Oshogbo, Bauchi, Kaduna and the opening of the newly acquired campus of the Institute in Makurdi, Benue state during which he solicited for the support of staff and students so that the manpower and capacity development needs of the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality sector would be fulfilled.
Speaking at some of the campuses visited, Kangiwa said the essence of the tour is to have first hand information as well as on the spot assessment needs of the campuses in terms of staff welfare, infrastructural challenges, teaching and learning-aid logistics so that an academic environment will be provided for conducive teaching and learning beneficial to both staff and students.
Kangiwa who noted the varying developmental needs associated with every campus of the Institute, said if the Institute is to deliver on its core mandate, these deficiencies must be appropriately addressed, a task which he further pointed out was why he is at NIHOTOUR to carry out as well as reposition it for better service delivery.
The Director General has since, and to the admiration of staff and students of the Institute, began to address some of the challenges giving community members of the Institute the hope that with Kangiwa’s positively focused and dogged style of administration, better days are ahead for NIHOTOUR to deliver quality vocational training that the Nigerian travel tourism and hospitality industry has been yearning for.
It would be noted that earlier upon his assumption of office, Kangiwa has observed the low morale among staff, infrastructural deficiencies and the use of old model systems of teaching and learning, conditions which he said must be reversed if the Institute is to deliver on its mandate, stressing the need to inject massive infrastructural development, cater for staff welfare and the deployment of digital technology in learning and teaching of travel tourism and hospitality skills.