The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kakakin Kebbi) praised the foresight of the National Institute of Hotel and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) for having integrated training in the acquisition of skills in the tourist guidance as part of the activities marking the celebration of World Tourism Day 2021, noting that it will improve the staff capacity needed to boost tourism activities in Kebbi State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
Lai Mohammed, who praised while presenting certificates to young people and women who participated in the training program during the celebration of World Tourism Day in Birnin Kebbi, called on the trainees to make good use of the skills which they acquired in the promotion of the tourist industry of the state. and called on more young people to pursue careers in travel tourism and hospitality trades.
While declaring the training program earlier, the Director General of the National Hospitality and Tourism Institute (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa called on the youth and women of Kebbi State participating in the acquisition of skills and training as a tourist guide to be unwavering in their pursuit of careers in the travel, tourism and hospitality trades for paid and independent work.
Kangiwa, who spoke through Mr. Edwin Enenta, head of the Institute’s travel tourism department, while saying he opened a training exercise for young people and women in Birnin Kebbi, the capital of the State, said that due to their versatility, the tourism and hospitality trades have the potential to offer high-level employment opportunities, thereby reducing unemployment and poverty.
He said that participants in the training program should view the exercise as part of NIHOTOUR’s contributions to positively impact the earnings and benefits of the tourism sector, providing them with the opportunity to be self-reliant and to be productive members of society.
Also speaking on the occasion, the director of youth at the State Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mal Zaga noted that the training on the tour guide was a blessing for the state given the abundant tourism resources. with which the State is endowed, in particular the Argungu. The fishing and culture festival which attracts visitors both in Nigeria and abroad, adding that having potentially qualified tour guides will help boost tourism activities in the state.
He expressed his joy on behalf of the government and people of Kebbi State for this gesture, noting that with more such trainings, promoting the state’s tourism potential to the global community will be easier with higher benefits.
The skills training course entitled Guided tour for youth and women in Kebbi State and sub-themes which include; An overview of the travel and tourism industry, tour guide principles and practices and Itinerary planning for tour guides among others, is part of the activities marking the 2021 World Tourism Day celebrations organized by Kebbi State and is aimed at unemployed youth and women in the state.