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‘Tourism in sec­ondary school cur­ricu­lum good for econ­omy’

- From Habibu Umar Aminu, Kano Business · Nigeria News · Travel · Kano State · Nigeria

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Hos­pi­tal­ity and Tourism, (NIHOTOUR), Al­haji Nura Sani Kangiwa said the zeal with which teach­ers and stu­dents of tourism ac­cepted the in­tro­duc­tion of the sub­ject in the cur­ricu­lum of sec­ondary schools is a good omen for the fu­ture of tourism in the coun­try.

Kangiwa, who stated this while declar­ing open a Train the Trainer pro­gram for teach­ers of tourism in Kano state or­ga­nized by the In­sti­tute in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Masar­rah Trav­els and Tours, said tourism re­mains one of the world’s big­gest em­ploy­ers of labour and a sub­stan­tial con­trib­u­tor to the GDP of most coun­tries.

He said given the govern­ment’s re­newed in­ter­est to di­ver­sify the econ­omy and tourism as one of the con­sid­ered sec­tors for di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, there was no bet­ter time than now to groom the youth into tak­ing in­ter­est in tourism as a pro­fes­sional course of stud­ies, as well as to urge them to ven­ture into the sec­tor as key play­ers on self-em­ploy­ment ba­sis.

Kangiwa said with the present spate of youth un­em­ploy­ment re­sult­ing into youth restive­ness, tourism as a ser­vice in­dus­try has the ca­pac­ity to of­fer em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to our teem­ing youths, stim­u­late Nige­ria’s eco­nomic growth, gen­er­ate for­eign ex­change and con­trib­ute to do­mes­tic earn­ings.

Also speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, Al­haji Mo­hammed Adam, Man­ag­ing

Di­rec­tor of Masar­rah Trav­els and Tours, ap­plauded the train­ing ex­er­cise as a way of pub­li­ciz­ing tourism as both a skill en­tre­pre­neur and a rev­enue gen­er­a­tion ven­ture for the coun­try.

He said his Com­pany re­solved to col­lab­o­rate with NIHOTOUR in organizing the Train the Train­ing pro­gram in Kano in the spirit of pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship which is needed to grow the in­dus­try.

Par­tic­i­pants at the Train the Trainer pro­gram, who were drawn from se­lected sec­ondary schools in the state, ex­pressed their de­light with the train­ing as, ac­cord­ing to them, they will be bet­ter equipped to teach tourism as a sub­ject and im­pact on their stu­dents bet­ter knowl­edge and skills of the sub­ject.

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