Yesterday, Wednesday 19th of May 2021, the Vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in a speech delivered at the opening ceremony of Marriot's new 250 rooms state-of-the-art hotel in Ikeja Lagos reaffirmed the role of NIHOTOUR in contributing to the development of the Hospitality and Tourism Sectors in Nigeria. The new Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja is a magnificent edifice with luxurious settings, owned by Dr Taiwo Afolabi’s SIFAX Group.
The declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in January led to international travel restrictions, national travel bans and sub-national lockdowns, leading to massive cancellations of tourism and hospitality services, in destinations all over the world.
Consequently, the travel tourism and hospitality sectors in Nigeria have unimaginably, taken a direct hit with attendant tales of woes including corporate bankruptcies and large-scale job losses.
Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, Director-General, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), said the International travel restrictions imposed by most countries in the wake of the first, and now second wave of COVID-19 has literally crippled the global tourism industry.
(The newly appointed Director General of NIHOTOUR, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, recently granted an exclusive interview to Justina Uzu of ThisDay Newspapers. In this no-holds-barred interview, the quintessential Director General revealed his plans to jump-start Nigeria tourism development following his appointment as the helmsman of the premier Hospitality and Tourism training Institute in Nigeria and West Africa.)
Question: Recently, we saw your efforts at sports-tourism segment of the Tourism industry especially during Argungu International Fishing Festival. Tell us about the 2020 edition (Argungu International Fishing Festival).
Answer: The 2020 Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival was epochal for many reasons, including the infusion of Polo tournament, which is sports tourism. Recall that prior to 2020, the fishing festival hadn't been held for 10 years. So, it was a Herculean task breaking the jinx to host the fishing festival and to include other tourism features. We were also able to make the fishing festival truly international by ensuring the cultural participation of five neighboring West African countries.
The President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has reiterated its resolve to ensure that tourism is given a prime place in the economic plans of the administration to revitalize the economic in the post covid-19 economic plan agenda for sustainable growth.
This was the submission made by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha in an address to declare the 2020 and third edition of the Annual Tourism Transportation Summit and Expo opened at the Abuja International Conference Centre.
The Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Alhaji Nura Kangiwa has reiterated the importance of professional competence and certification in the effective handling of Hajj operations for Nigerian pilgrims as one of the conditional requirements by Authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Out of the blues, on the 26th of August 2020, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation issued a press statement announcing President Muhammadu Buhari's appointment of nine new Chief Executive Officers for agencies and parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. And it happens that one of the new CEOs is the amiable Alhaji Nura Kangiwa. A renown tourism technocrat and an ardent Polo player. He is favourably well known in Nigeria's Tourism Industry landscape, both in the public and private sectors. Hence his appointment as the DG of NIHOTOUR has been nationally well-received.
Message by the Director General of NIHOTOUR on World Tourism Day 2020
Tourism is one of the most transformative socio-economic endeavours in the world today. The industry is responsible for one in ten jobs in the world. Tourism is a leading Export Service and a major source of foreign exchange earning tool for nations’ international Balance of Payment.
The Federal Government of Nigeria has over the years sought to diversify the economy by developing a sustainable tourism industry, in partnership with the private sector. This is one of the main reasons why NIHOTOUR was established in 1987 as the flagship Hospitality and Tourism training institute in Nigeria and West Africa.
Alhaji Nura Kangiwa, the newly appointed Director General of National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), has declared that he is committed to massively increase the training capacity of the Institute to achieve Sustainable Tourism development in Nigeria. He made the revelation earlier today, September 1st 2020, in a meeting with a section of NIHOTOUR management team at their headquarters in Abuja.