•…As National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) graduates over 460 Trainee on Tourism and Hospitality.

In commemoration of World Tourism day, the Edo state Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero attended the graduation ceremony of over 460 graduate trainees of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR). The initiative was to provide world class manpower capacity for the revamping of the state’s tourism sector.

Also in attendance was the honourable minister of Information and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by Mrs Chika Balogun, Director General of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism.

The Director General of NIHOTOUR said that participants at the event were trained in four key areas of tourism and hospitality, which includes: Event management, Tour guiding and Tour management.

She expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the participants and also commended the state government for providing the enabling environment and partnership, through the commitment of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the honourable commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero.

The training is pivotal in the revamping vision of the state government to make the state a favorable tourist destination with world class hospitality and tourism facilities.

In his speech, the Edo state Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osaze Osemwegie-Ero thanked the initiators and facilitators of the training for bringing such laudable initiative to Edo state and reassured participants and organisers that the state is ready to partner with stakeholders to enable integration of trainee into the tourism and hospitality industry.

The revamping of the tourism sector will help in the drive towards diversification of the economy through synergy with stakeholders, and this will in turn, help to create awareness in the potential of tourism for the growing economy of the state.

The participants, led by the various training departments team leaders, expressed appreciation to the organisers, NIHOTOUR and the government of Edo state for giving them such a wonderful opportunity.

High point of the event was the presentation of certificates to about 460 graduated participants.

Over 500 graduates from Edo south senatorial district registered for the training, an initiative of Senator Matthew Urhoghide, Senator representing Edo south senatorial district at the Nigerian Senate, and former chairman, Senate committee on Tourism.

Comrade-Austeen Imoniche Oviosun,

Media Aide to Edo State Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs.