NIHOTOUR signs MoU with tourism professionals group

Posted: August 15, 2013 in travel & tourism

nigeriaNational Institute for Hospitality and Tourism, (NIHOTOUR), the manpower development agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, for human resources development for Travel, Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Nigeria, has announced the official signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Tourism Professionals (ITP).

According to NIHOTOUR, the signing of the MOU is meant to promote the development of the industry while recognising the need for collaboration in the discharge of their objectives as it relates to the professional sectors through articulation of awards, collaboration and complementary activities for the purpose of advancing the growth of the tourism and hospitality Industry in Nigeria.

Director General of NIHOTOUR Dr. Munzali Dantata further remarked that the agreement will strengthen the relationship between NIHOTOUR as the sector skills council for the tourism and hospitality sector, and ITP as an awarding body for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council in April this year.

“It is in furtherance of the synergy already established during the three week development of National Occupations Standards organised by the National Board for Technical Education in Lagos in April this year in which NIHOTOUR played a major role,” said Dantata.

While expressing delight in signing of the MoU, Dantata affirmed that the expert knowledge that Mr. Odusanwo has in National Vocational Qualifications implementation and as one of the very few qualified external verifiers the country has, combined with the  extensive experience of NIHOTOUR in the provision of training and manpower development for the hospitality and tourism industry in Nigeria, the industry and indeed the country will begin to witness systematic improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills that will enable the tourism sector to have the stock and flow of the appropriate skills that will keep it at a global level of service excellence.

He concluded by saying that the decision to sign the MoU  was because of the  shared commitment of the leadership of NIHOTOUR and ITP to the Seven Principles of Public Life which they both believe will  permeate throughout  the implementation of this MoU, and guide the decision on future MoUs with other organisations. These are: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and good leadership.

On his part, Mr. Abiodun Odusanwo the President of The Institute for Tourism Professionals reiterated that the agreement sets out the working relationships protocol between the two organisations, which will engender Professionalism at every level, provide support network which will enable the sharing of knowledge and ideas, resulting in a thriving and diverse range of quality, successful tourism businesses, and destinations throughout Nigeria.

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