By: Ademola Orunbon
The Awori Tourism Board has said that all is set for the take-off a Tourism Training Institute designed to encourage youth involvement, provide employment generation opportunities and ensure provision of optimum service delivery in the hospitality Industry.
The Chairman, Awori Tourism Board, Prince Femi Fadina stated this in Ota during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR).
According to him, the signing of MoU birthed the establishment of the first Tourism Training Institute in Southwest, Nigeria, so as to train many youths in the country on Tourism and Hospitality.
Fadina said that the Board was prepared to change the trend of neglect of youths in the involvement of the sector, saying that it is imperative to co-opt youths in such a giant stride, so as to procure job opportunity for the teeming youths.
Prince Fadina who revealed that the first in line of the institute would take-off in Ota with more coming up in other Southwest State, said that graduate of the school would be awarded National Diploma and Higher National Diploma Certificate in Tourism.
He added that it would also accord them the opportunity to pursue education and training up to PhD in tourism, assuring that the Institute would offer premium and standard teaching and learning opportunities, as only the best brains would be engaged to train prospective students.
In their separate remarks, Mrs. Chinyere Uche-Ibeabuchi, Zonal Coordinator, Lagos Campus, NIHOTOUR and Ms. Ejike Catherine Ugochi, Senior Lecturer NIHOTOUR, while expressing their delight at the collaboration, said that the Institute had been specifically established to provide manpower training, research and capacity building for youths and personnels in the industry, urging youths to embrace the formal and professional training offered only in approved organization such as the Awori Tourism Board Training Institute.
Present at the signing of the MoU, including; the Chairman, Awori Tourism Board, Prince Adetunji Fadina, Association of Tourism Practitioner of Nigeria (ATPN) Board of Trustee member, Frank Meke, Business Development Executive Awori Tourism, Mrs. Ronke Matanmi, Ms. Ejike Catherine Ugochi, Senior Lecturer NIHOTOUR and Mrs. Chinyere Uche-Ibeabuchi, Zonal Coordinator, Lagos Campus, NIHOTOUR.